Ross County v Celtic late team news and predicted XIs: Injury blow for midfielder, surgery for international winger

Celtic will have to make do without midfielder Reo Hatate for the trip to Dingwall.

The Japanese international has been in rehab after sustaining a muscle strain against Aberdeen last weekend and will not recover in time to face Ross County.

It is a blow for Ange Postecoglou given Hatate’s sparkling form so far this season, but in David Turnbull the Celtic head coach has the luxury of turning to a top class replacement.

Defender Carl Starfelt is training and available after recovering from a hamstring problem, but Postecoglou will pick his moment to reintroduce him to the team.

David Turnbull is in line to start for Celtic against Ross County. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

Japanese midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi remains out with a leg gash.

Ross County winger William Akio underwent surgery ahead of the visit of Celtic.

Akio faces a spell on the sidelines after his knee operation.

The South Sudan international sat out last weekend’s defeat by Hearts.

Ross County predicted XI: Laidlaw; Randall, Baldwin, Iacovitti, Purrington; Callachan, Tillson; Sims, Dhanda, Edwards; Hiwula

Celtic predicted XI: Hart; Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Welsh, Taylor; McGregor, O'Riley; Jota, Turnbull, Abada; Furuhashi

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