International Celtic stars return to Lennoxtown after achieving many fantastic results
With the last international break of this year now concluded, Celtic’s international contingent are currently on their way home to Lennoxtown, as they prepare for Saturday’s League Cup semi-final against St Johnstone in Hampden.
With many of our international stars having achieved positive results representing their nations over the past week, we hope that they will have an extra spring in their approach when national action resumes.
In the European qualifiers, Celtic captain Callum McGregor was an integral part of the Scottish midfielder as Steve Clarke’s men secured a place to the World Cup play-offs with two excellent wins against Moldova and Denmark in shape.
Playmaker David Turnbull also increased his Scottish selection coming off the bench in the 1-0 win over the Moldovans, while Anthony Ralston continued his impressive start to the season, making his well-deserved international debut as a substitute in the 2-0. win against the Danes in Hampden.
The biggest success among the international Celts is expected to be Josip Juranovic. He started in both Croatia matches as they automatically qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The right-back played 7-1 against Malta, before crucially beating Russia 1-0 after dominating the game, but didn’t score until a goal against his late side, which left him allowed to dominate the group, ahead of Russia by just one point.
Nir Bitton and Liel Abada made both Israel qualifiers, with Bitton even finding himself on the scoresheet in a 4-2 loss to Austria, before the Israelis ended their campaign with a 3-2 victory against the Faroe Islands.
2020 Scottish Cup delayed final hero Conor Hazard made his debut for the Northern Ireland squad but was an unused substitute as he beat Lithuania 1-0 and held on to the Italy in a 0-0 draw.
In Asian qualifying, Kyogo Furuhashi came off the bench twice for Japan, beating Vietnam and Oman 1-0. Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu has again come under fire for not starting Kyogo, with Japan battling for goals and the Celtic man in searing form, many cannot understand his decision to continually omit him from the starting XI.
For the Scottish Under-21, Stephen Welsh, who was recently reinstated in the heart of the Celtic defense due to an injury from Carl Starfelt, started both games with a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan and a 2 loss. -0 against Belgium. Sadly, the Welsh took a hit against the Red Devils and had to withdraw, leaving young Adam Montgomery to flee. Hopefully Stephen will be fine for the weekend.
Finally in the Under-19 category, center-back Dane Murray started Scotland’s three games, losing 3-2 to Armenia, beating Gibraltar 3-0 and drawing 1-1 against Croatia.