Celtic have been dealt a huge blow before their crucial Europa League qualifier against Ajax as captain Scott Brown has been ruled out for 8-12 weeks and Kris Commons is also likely to be unavailable.
Brown went for a scan on Monday to reveal the extent of the injury suffered against Kilmarnock at the weekend and it has shown up he has knee ligament damage.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila says it’s not yet clear whether he will need surgery.
It’s another blow for the Celtic skipper who had only just returned from injury after missing four games for the Hoops.
And it compounds Celtic’s midfield crisis with Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen already missing the game through suspension and Commons ruled out too.
“Scott Brown is out for a while, he is not available. We don’t know for sure yet but I heard it’s eight to 12 weeks,” Deila said.
“It is nothing to do with the previous one.
“It was very unfortunate in a challenge near the end of the game. He twisted it and got an injury on the outside ligament.
“We hope that an (operation) is not necessary, we are waiting for the experts to look at the pictures so we can be even more sure what to do, if it is going to be an operation or not.
“It is always tough to lose your captain but having said that we have done that before and the last period he was out we won a lot of games.
Deila also confirmed that Commons has been struggling with injury and has been unwell and will miss the Ajax game.
“Kris has been a little bit sick, but he had the injury after the Molde game.
“He has been out for three weeks. He trained today but was not feeling at his best.”
Despite the setbacks Deila believes his side have enough strength in depth to cope with the absence of key players.
“I am not fearing anything but of course there is going to be big changes in the midfield,” he said.
“We have to out together a new one but we have a lot of good players and we are going to have a good team.
“It is easy to pick now! I have in my mind, the team.
“Of course it is more tricky, a lot of the experience is out but again we have players who can fill those roles.”