Good news and bad news as far as Celtic's centre-back crisis is concerned.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Both centre-backs have been long-term absentees and have yet to kick a ball under the new Celtic manager.
Dedryck Boyata celebrates with Tom Rogic
Rodgers was able to provide good news in the case of the Belgian international:
BR on Dedryck Boyata: "Coming on well. He will start training with the conditioning team & hopefully play a part in the @Inter match." (LA)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 2, 2016
But the prognosis doesn’t look great for the highly-rated Croatian youngster:
BR on Jozo Simunovic: "Still a little bit of time away." (LA)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 2, 2016
Celtic's Jozo Simunovic in action
The Hoops have faced an injury crisis in the heart of defence this summer, with recent injuries to Erik Sviatchenko and Kristoffer Ajer adding to those of Simunovic and Boyata and leaving Rodgers with something of a headache.
Celtic have been forced to field academy graduate Eoghan O’Connell alongside the error-prone Efe Ambrose in critical European games in what is a far from ideal centre-back pairing.
Kolo Toure during his time with Liverpool
Fears have been eased by the arrival of veteran defender Kolo Toure and he will bring much-needed experience to the backline.
He faces a race against time to be fit for tomorrow’s crucial Champions League qualifying clash with FK Astana however, and Rodgers will hope his team are still in the competition by the time the Ivorian becomes available.