ANGE POSTECOGLOU sighed with relief with the news not one of his nine players involved with their countries during the international break has returned with an injury.
Kyogo Furuhashi came back after the October round of games with Japan last month after sustaining a knee problem that sidelined him for five games.
However, the Hoops’ top scorer with eight goals has returned on this occasion ready to hit the ground running against Motherwell at Fir Park tomorrow afternoon.
IT TAKES TWO…Kyogo Furuhashi and Tom Rogic after Japan’s 2-1 win over Australia.
Tom Rogic, who played 81 minutes of Australia’s 2-1 loss to Kyogo and Co in midweek, is also good to go while the Scotland double-act of Callum McGregor and David Turnbull are ready to do their bit in ensuring the Parkhead men win a second successive away Premiership encounter following the 2-1 success over Aberdeen at Pittodrie almost two weeks ago.
Nir Bitton and Liel Abada (Israel), Albian Ajeti (Switzerland), Carl Starfelt (Sweden) and Liam Scales (Republic of Ireland) are all fit for selection against Well.
The good news for Postecoglou continues with positive outcomes on the comeback trail for long-term absentees James Forrest and Christopher Jullien who returned to training at Lennoxtown during the week as they continue their fight for full fitness.
GREEN FOR GO…Mikey Johnston is ready to join the Celtic squad for Motherwell tomorrow.
Mikey Johnston, who saw last season wrecked through injury, is also back in contention. Having suffered a setback during Celtic’s pre-season training camp in Wrexham, the 22-year-old winger has made just one competitive appearance.
However, the former Scotland Under-21 international is now ready to return to the squad for tomorrow’s encounter against Graham Alexander’s men.
Postecoglou, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “All the internationals got through unscathed, which is good.
“So, they are all back and trained today. Josip Juranovic is still getting through the tail-end of his rehab.
“The rest of the boys just worked hard over the last 10 days, guys like Giorgos Giakoumakis and a couple of others who missed a bit of preparation.
“They were available, but are in better condition now.”