Football fans get understandably nervous when they hear a player faces a knee operation. The knee is the place Achillies is lucky he was never suspended from, injury there can end a career, or cause it to stagnate over a protracted recovery period.
News that Cameron Carter-Vickers faces a knee operation as soon as Celtic no longer need his work for the season, is therefore, a concern. Cameron was omitted from the squad for Sunday’s visit to plastic Rugby Park after an uncharacteristic indifferent performance a week earlier against Newco.
Research shows players lose no measurable fitness levels for three weeks after training, so a further week in the stands, watching his team-mates play Motherwell, should not harm his performance at Hampden, if Ange Postecoglou considers it wise and necessary to play him in the Scottish Cup semi-final at the end of the month.
It’s a big calculation. Cameron is critical to how Celtic build play and move the ball forward. As well as pursuing a treble, we have to make sure the decision is seen as being in the best interests of the player. I’m not convinced this has always been the case in past times.
Hate to swim against the tide here, but Graeme Shinnie’s red card against Ross County on Friday night was clearcut. It may have lacked intent, but it was reckless and endangered an opponent. Aberdeen’s reaction to this being confirmed feels a bit pantomimic.
Oh yes it is.