GREG TAYLOR will miss this afternoon’s closed-door game against Hibs after being injured in the 2-0 win over Ross County yesterday.
The Scotland international left-back was on the receiving end of a crunching challenge from the Dingwall side’s Connor Randall that floored him just before the interval.
The defender was replaced by youngster Kerr McInroy for the remainder of the encounter.
However, Neil Lennon expects Taylor to be fit for selection for the Premiership curtain-raiser against Hamilton Accies on Flag Day at Parkhead on Sunday when the champions begin their bid for a record-breaking 10 titles in a row.
The Hoops boss, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “He’s alright, it’s just a trauma.
“So, hopefully, he’ll be fit for Wednesday or Thursday to train this week.
“It’s strapped up at the minute, it was a bit sore, hopefully in a couple of days the swelling will go down and it’ll be okay.”
Lennon also revealed will take the opportunity of this afternoon’s 1.30pm kick-off against Hibs for some fringe stars to prove their worth ahead of the new season.
He added: “I’m looking forward to adding some young players, some players who will be on the fringe and some who will be in competition for places as we go along.
“It will be another good work-out and we’re delighted to have these games.”
Leigh Griffiths, as CQN reported earlier this morning, WILL make his comeback at some stage against the Easter Road side after sitting out the games against Nice, Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain and Ross County.