ANGE POSTECOGLOU has warned Callum McGregor could be out for a lengthy period with a knee injury.
The Hoops boss is still awaiting official word on the Celtic skipper’s scan, but he has admitted it is “fairly significant”.
McGregor limped out of the 3-1 Champions League loss to RB Leipzig in Germany in midweek before half-time and results from a specialist’s examination could be known later today.
The inspirational onfield leader clashed with Kevin Kampl after taking a heavy touch from a pass by Reo Hatate following a left-wing corner-kick from Matt O’Riley. The collision led immediately to the host’s opening goal scored by Christopher Nkunku in the 27th minute.
CRUNCH…Callum McGregor winces in pain as he clashes with RB Leipzig’s Kevin Kampl.
McGregor attempted to soldier on, but was forced off eight minutes before the interval with Oliver Abildgaard sent on in his place.
The 29-year-old middle-of-the-park general was due to miss tomorrow’s game against St Johnstone in Perth through suspension following last week’s red card in the 2-1 win over Motherwell.
Anxious boss Postecoglou, speaking to Sky Sports, admitted: “He’s off to see a specialist today, it’s fairly significant.
“He’s a fantastic player and beyond that it’s his influence on and off the field as a leader.
“There’s not one person who can replace that, it will be a case of the other guys stepping up and filling the breach.
“Obviously, he is disappointed because he’s such a big part of how we play our football and what we’ve created here, so I know he’ll be working hard, whatever the timeline, to get back.”