STEVEN GERRARD has revealed that Ryan Jack could be available for tomorrow night’s Premiership clash against Hibs despite him having a scan for a leg injury.
The midfielder picked up a knock during the 1-1 Scottish Cup draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday but his manager, speaking at this morning’s pre-match press conference at the Hummel Training Centre, believes he could make Friday evening’s game.
The Light Blues travel to Easter Road looking for three crucial league points with Celtic facing Aberdeen on Saturday.
Gerrard said: “He’s got a knock at the moment, he’s still sore. He will try and do some training today, but I’ll have to make a decision on Ryan because we’ve got a big week coming up.
“I’ll chat to him after training to see how he feels and see if there is any kind of reaction, then I’ll make a decision.
I’ll give him every chance but I’ll also be careful as well because he is so important to us and I don’t want to take a risk with Ryan.
When asked if there were any further injury concerns ahead of this week’s big game in Leith, the gaffer continued: “We had an in-house game yesterday against Livingston and Gareth McAuley has got a hamstring issue that we are going to assess today.
“I’ll have an update on that probably tomorrow after he has had an image done on the area. He’s the only person who will not be available for selection for tomorrow.”
Gerrard will be hoping that striker Alfredo Morelos can add to the impressive 28 goals he has scored this season and he is not surprised that clubs around Europe are rumoured to be monitoring a player who is in red-hot form.
The manager added: “I’m sure it’s flattering for Alfredo and I think it’s a big compliment for him and it shows that he is in terrific form and he’s in a great place.
“In terms of me nothing changes. I love working with the player, he puts a smile on my face when I get out of bed and I’m on my way in to training to work with him because he’s such a top, top player.
“That’s all I’ve got to say on it really. The interest and the speculation is not going to go away, that’s something we have to live with, but we certainly see it as a compliment because I’d be more concerned and more worried if no-one was interested in my players.”