Celtic have been dealt a massive blow ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Ajax with the news that captain Scott Brown has been ruled out for up to three months with a knee ligament injury.
The Scotland international picked up the injury during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock at Celtic Park and will be likely not play again until after the new year.
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s game, Celtic manager Ronny Deila was not certain if the 30-year-old would need surgery, he said: “We don’t know for sure yet. But it could be eight to 12 weeks.”
“He was unfortunate in a challenge at the end of the game. He twisted it and he has an injury in the outside ligament. We don’t know if he needs an operation but we hope that is not necessary.
“It is always tough to lose your captain but we won a lot of games during the last period he was out. It gives the other players more responsibility and they will grow with that.”
Celtic will also be without Kris Commons through injury along with Stefan Johansen and Nir Bitton through suspension.