CELTIC double-act James Forrest and Greg Taylor have pulled out of Scotland’s World Cup squad.
The Hoops duo missed the 1-0 loss at Ibrox yesterday through injury and have been withdrawn from the international squad for the ties in Denmark on Wednesday, Moldova at Hampden on Saturday and in Austria a week tomorrow.
Manager Steve Clarke has said he has no intention of pulling in replacements as he prepares for the crucial triple header, according to Sky Sports News.
Forrest, who saw last season decimated through injury, has missed the last three games for Ange Postecoglou’s side and the width he can provide would have been most welcome in Govan.
SITTING IT OUT…Greg Taylor will be sidelined for Scotland’s World Cup triple-header.
Taylor was also ruled out of the Glasgow derby because of a shoulder injury sustained in the Europa League play-off final against AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands on Thursday. Nineteen-year-old Adam Montgomery replaced him at left-back in the 24th minute and performed well, despite the visitors losing the second leg 2-1.
However, Postecoglou’s men still reached the group stages where they will meet Bayer Leverkusen, Real Betis and Ferencvaros.
Taylor’s No.3 role was taken by Croatia international right-back Josip Juranovic who made a quickfire debut after his £2.5million arrival from Legia Warsaw only a few days beforehand. It was evident the new Bhoy is not unaccustomed to a position on the left flank.
Montgomery was introduced too late in the encounter to help the team salvage a deserved point.
Celtic’s next Premiership match is against Ross County at Parkhead a week on Saturday and Postecoglou will be hoping to have a full strength squad available.