LIEL ABADA is on the comeback trail and could get the go-ahead to figure in the Celtic squad for the Scottish Cup semi-final a week on Sunday.
It is believed a return in Premiership game against Motherwell at Parkhead tomorrow afternoon might just be too soon.
The livewire Israeli raider has missed the last three matches after returning from international duty with a hamstring injury.
However, Abada is about to get the all-clear to return to boost Ange Postecoglou options ahead of the Hampden confrontation with Michael Beale’s Ibrox club as the Hoops eye a domestic clean sweep.
HAMPDEN HUGS…Ange Postecoglou embraces Liel Abada and Matt O’Riley following the 2-1 League Cup Final success in February.
The timing of the goalscoring winger could be perfect for the Hoops with Filipe Jota still struggling with the injury that ruled him out of the 4-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park last weekend, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.
The Portuguese ace is unlikely to be risked against the Fir Park side, but, like Abada, could be available for the fifth derby of the campaign with the champions already winning three and drawing the other.
Abada, 21, did light work with the first-team squad at Lennoxtown yesterday and will step up his recovery process next week with the Cup showdown in focus.
Postecoglou is already without evergreen James Forrest while pivotal midfielder Reo Hatate, who also missed the win in Ayrshire, still battling a muscle problem.
Cameron Carter-Vickers has trained throughout the week and could be available tomorrow, but the rock-solid central defender is still due for surgery on a knee problem, as CQN reported during the week.
If he sits out the Well visit, Yuki Kobayashi, who deputised against Derek McInnes’ men, is likely to again get the nod to line up alongside Carl Starfelt.