Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers admits Moussa Dembele may not be back fit in time to help his side in next month’s Scottish Cup final.
The Frenchman limped off during the first half of Sunday’s 2-0 semi-final win over Rangers and it has subsequently been revealed that he has suffered a hamstring injury.
It remains unclear as to the extent of the problem but if serious, he could be a major doubt for the Bhoys’ return to Hampden on May 27.
The signing of Dembele last summer on a free transfer from Fulham was seen as somewhat of a coup for the Glasgow outfit and he has certainly not disappointed, netting 32 goals in all competitions this season.
Leigh Griffiths is now likely to deputise in his absence when Celtic travel to Ibrox on Saturday for the final Old Firm game of the season.
An away win is currently priced at 1.70, while the draw is 3.30 and the Gers the 4.50 outsiders.
Rodgers has enjoyed a hugely successful first season north of the border and having already collected the league title and the league cup, will be keen to emulate Jock Stein and Martin O’Neill by winning the domestic treble.
Having his best players fit and firing will be key to success next month against Aberdeen but the Northern Irishman admits he is unsure if Dembele will be ready.
He said: “We’ll see. It looks like a hamstring. If it’s a full blown hamstring then he probably wouldn’t be. We’ll see.
“It is still late April so that’s not until May time. We’ll see what the scan brings.”