PEDRO CAIXINHA has admitted his concern after seeing Bruno Alves and Declan John forced off the field in last night’s Betfred Cup quarter-final at Firhill.

The duo are now doubts for Saturday’s crucial fixture against league leaders Celtic.

Both players would prove to be massive losses for the club, who currently sit five points adrift of Celtic, as captain Lee Wallace has already been ruled out for two months due to the recurrence of a groin problem.

Caixinha revealed that his side ‘were forced to make two changes’ and they would now need to assess the fitness before the clash on Saturday at noon.

“We need to wait 24 hours, 48 hours, to see what’s going on.”

Caixinha also looked concerned as Ryan Jack pulled up for cramp during the extra period but the former Al-Gharafa manager was confident his team would be ready to face the Champions. 

“We know that we have a game on Saturday, tomorrow was already a day off on the plan.”

“Because of extra time we need more time on recovery, it’s a case of managing the content of the training sessions. We know the direction we want for Saturday’s match. But I’m very pleased with the hard work of the boys.”

The Portuguese coach was delighted to see his side make it into the hat for the Betfred Cup Semi-Finals at Hampden net month after overcoming Patrick Thistle. 

The game went to extra-time when Connor Sammon found Kris Doolan in the dying minutes to cancel out Carlos Pena’s header. However, the ‘Gers overcame thanks to a brace from Herrera, which finally got the better of the Maryhill side. 

Celtic face Dundee at Dens Park tonight before heading to Ibrox on Saturday, while Aberdeen travel to Motherwell in the other remaining quarter final. 


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