Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers will miss his side’s Champions League match against RB Leipzig in Germany, and Liel Abada will also sit out Wednesday’s game.
Carter-Vickers suffered an injury in training before Celtic’s defeat to St Mirren last month but there were hopes his return might be imminent. However, manager Ange Postecoglou said that the game had come too early for the USA international.
Abada didn’t travel due to Yom Kippur, while Aaron Mooy is out through injury. Carter-Vickers’ regualr defensive partner Carl Starfelt remains a long-term absentee.
“Cameron wasn’t 100 per cent so he is not with the team,” Postecoglou said at his pre-match media conference.
“Liel Abada didn’t travel, obviously Carl Starfelt is still out. Aaron Mooy had a bit of a niggle at training today so we left him behind.
“[Carter-Vickers] has been out for a few games now so when he is fit, he will be available again – hopefully for the weekend but he is not far away – but our concentration has been on the guys who are fit and ready to go and we are looking forward to the game.”
The Celtic boss said after his side’s win over Motherwell that he had been encouraged by replacement centre-backs Stephen Welsh and Moritz Jenz as they sought to establish a partnership, and he had positive words about Jenz and how he had developed since signing in the summer.
A bit of his development was in England,” the manager said. “We were aware of him from there
“We were following his progress and obviously he has had a couple of years of senior football now.
“He was on our radar and we thought he would be a good fit for our club in terms of the age profile, his character and style of player he is and he has fitted in well.
“He is adjusting to the way we play, it is a little bit different from how he has played before.
“To be fair, he has probably played more than we thought he would play but with both our centre-backs having some issues, I think the fact that we have thrown him in, he has done really well and is developing all the time alongside Stephen Welsh, they are both very young for defenders in particular.
“I think the last couple of games they have played together they are getting a better understanding and we hope that keeps improving.”