48 hours ago, Celtic fans were in relative equilibrium. Defeat in the League Cup and an injury crisis in central defence put paid to that. Maik Nawrocki injured his hamstring at Rugby Park. He played until the end of the game, doubtlessly conflicted by the team’s predicament, but as Oh did earlier this month, almost certainly exacerbated the damage.
We are four weeks from our fist Champions League game, with only new signing Gustaf Lagerbielke and Liam Scales fit and able to play in central defence. Neither have been tested at that level, or played together, and they need to navigate another month without injury before being considered for action.
Cameron Carter-Vickers has a chance of returning for then but is by no means certain, and as you and I both know, rushing a player back from a hamstring is never a good idea. Yuki Kobayashi should be ready, in the fitness sense, however, reruns of his Ibrox performance from last season will give Brendan Rodgers plenty to consider. Stephen Welsh will be out until the turn of the year.
Reframe this fortune for what it is. Celtic are lucky; this happened during the transfer window when the club are in funds. It is no more than a normal football problem to be addressed. Brendan will have an idea on when Cameron and Maik can be expected return, he will sign others if necessary.