On the latest episode of A Celtic State of Mind podcast, Colin Watt has been speaking about Celtic’s upcoming Premier Sports Cup clash against Raith Rovers.
The Bhoys face the Scottish Championship outfit in the quarter-finals of the cup later on in the month, and Watt has discussed his thoughts on who he would like to see not involved in the match.
Would you start Kyogo against Raith Rovers?
One of the players he spoke of was their summer signing Kyogo Furuhashi, who has made an impressive start to life with the Parkhead side.
In his nine games across all competitions, the Japanese ace has been able to find the back of the net on seven occasions, with three of those goals coming in the league (via Transfermarkt).
Discussing his concern in fielding Kyogo in the cup game, Watt had the following to say ahead on the upcoming clash.
“We look at it at the minute, we’re playing with what, 14/15 players? You look at the game on Sunday, we had three options, really, we could bring on from the bench.
“We can’t keep going with such a small squad. We need these players to step up. The likes of the Raith Rovers game in the Premier Sports Cup, and no disrespect to Raith, but the likes of Kyogo – I don’t want to see him anywhere near the squad for that game.
“Because if we pick up a couple of injuries, just like one of the comments said earlier – the strength in depth just isn’t there. We have a very good starting XI with maybe four or five backups. But after that, a couple of injuries and we could be in trouble.”
TIF Thoughts on Watt’s comments…
However, with Europa League games to consider this month, we think Watt is completely justified in saying he would like Ange Postecoglou not to overuse some of his key players.
We feel Celtic should have more than enough to make it past the Championship side having shown they are capable of hitting teams for six twice already this season.
It could prove a great opportunity for some of the Bhoys’ new faces to prove their worth with perhaps not as much pressure on them which may be the case in the Premiership or Europa League games.