Brendan Rodgers says the possibility of another striker joining the squad could be more likely than before given the injury worries that currently affect the team up front.
Leigh Griffiths wasn’t risked from the start of the Hoops’ 1-0 win away to Partick Thistle last night due to a tight calf, though did come on for half an hour to maintain his sharpness.
With Moussa Dembele out for some time with a hamstring injury, Rodgers has reconsidered the possibility of bringing a third striker in.
As quoted by the Scotsman, he said:
I will definitely have to look at it a little closer now. My vision is to have two strikers available and fit, pushing each other. If there’s an unavailability and it’s consistent, then I need to seriously look at that.
The guys are doing great for us. You look at the games they have come through so far. James Forrest is doing great at times, Tom Rogic has played up front as well. But the dynamic of the team is obviously better when you have a number nine who can actually play the role.
Both strikers have been pivotal in Celtic’s success in recent season’s with the two combining for 50 goals last season in all competitions, despite missing various parts of the season through injury.
When it mattered most Celtic had a viable option up front, helping them on their way to a historic domestic unbeaten treble.
Facing Celtic on Wednesday will be a familiar opponent in Astana, whom Celtic beat to progress to the playoff round last season, and Rodgers will hope to have Griffiths, or another striker fit and able to lead the line at Celtic Park on Wednesday.