Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has officially ruled Montenegrin international Sead Haksabanovic out of the Parkhead side’s trip to face Rangers.

The Gers will take anything they can get heading into the clash with Celtic given the game is very much in the must-win category for the blue side of Glasgow.

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After the Ibrox side stuttered to the World Cup break, the club finds themselves nine points behind in the title race and in need of something big to halt Celtic in their tracks.

The stage is set for a cracker at Ibrox and whilst Rangers have plenty of injury problems of their own, Celtic will be without one of their marquee summer signings.

“Sead’s [Haksabanovic] not too bad, we had a scan but it’s nothing major,” said Postecoglou.

“He’ll probably miss Monday but we’re kind of hoping that’ll be it and he’ll be back into it.

“He’s a bit frustrated because he’s been training, but not at 100 percent, so we’ll give him a chance to get back to full fitness.”

Celtic without Sead Haksabanovic for Rangers trip

Whether Sead Haksabanovic would’ve started or not is up for debate but having cost Rubin Kazan a reported £5.4m in 2021, it’s an international player who is ruled out of the reckoning.

The Montenegrin is the only major Celtic absentee for the match, with Scotland international Greg Taylor overcoming doubts to be available.

Celtic have been on relentless form in the Scottish Premiership this season and the pressure is on Rangers to respond after swapping out Giovanni van Bronckhorst for Michael Beale.

Ex-Ibrox assistant Beale has had a strong start to life at Rangers having won all four of his matches in charge to date with Celtic promising the sternest test of his managerial tenure in Govan.

Rangers know anything but a victory puts a massive dent in the club’s Premiership ambitions and now Celtic have been handed a blow by the injury news surrounding Sead Haksabanovic.

Meanwhile, Rangers boss Michael Beale offers fresh perspective on a patronising Celtic debate.

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