Celtic's Bangura may face knee operation

Neil Lennon revealed striker Mohamed Bangura could require surgery on his knee as he pondered selection problems ahead of Celtic’s Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final clash with Hibernian at Easter Road tomorrow night.

Neil Lennon revealed striker Mohamed Bangura could require surgery on his knee as he pondered selection problems ahead of Celtic’s Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final clash with Hibernian at Easter Road tomorrow night.

Further injuries suffered by Glenn Loovens and Charlie Mulgrew in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Aberdeen have added to Lennon’s defensive problems.

Bangura missed the match at Celtic Park, where Loovens came off with a hamstring injury and stand-in skipper Mulgrew, who scored the winner, picked up an ankle knock which leaves him a doubt for the trip to Leith.

The Parkhead boss is still without long-term absentees Kelvin Wilson, Emilio Izaguirre and Scott Brown, and Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons are also missing, but he insists he will still be able to field a strong side against Hibs.

“Bangura is going to see a specialist tomorrow and after that he we will know whether or not he requires surgery on his knee problem,” said Lennon.

“We are hoping Glenn Loovens will be a week to 10 days and from Sunday, Charlie Mulgrew is pretty doubtful as well with an ankle problem.

“Samaras is still struggling with bone bruising on his ankle and Kris has a calf strain.

“Thomas Rogne played an hour yesterday in a bounce game (friendly) against Rangers and is definitely in contention, and Victor Wanyama can play at the back.

“Majstorovic is fit and Mark Wilson has played centre-back before so we have decent cover at the back.

“Again we will have to make changes but we have good players who can adapt.”

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