Gavin Strachan on when top Celtic stars to return from self-isolation as he confirms fringe stars for Livingston clash

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Gavin Strachan has confirmed Celtic will play Livingston this weekend with a second-string side once again as he revealed top Hoops stars are due out of self-isolation on Monday.

The coach took charge of the team in their 1-1 draw with Hibs last weekend where they were forced to use a handful of youngsters including the likes of Conor Hazard, Ewan Henderson and Cameron Harper. The decision was forced upon them after they returned from Dubai to news that Christopher Jullien had tested positive for Covid-19 and that 13 others – including management team Neil Lennon and John Kennedy – would have to isolate.

Strachan picked the strongest side possible but could only manage a draw at Parkhead. And he has now told how it is likely to be a similar team picked against David Martindale’s high-flying Livi with Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, Kris Ajer and the rest all still in isolation.

He said: “As I understand it, I think it is Monday that (Neil Lennon and John Kennedy) are back in. I think we have some guys back in on Sunday, and some back in on Monday, as I understand it. They will be assessed in terms of their fitness because they have been off for a little while but they should be available for selection.

“Everyone that was involved on Monday against Hibs and who was in training during the week have all returned negative tests.”

Celtic recalled Scott Robertson from his loan spell at Gillingham and he will be thrust into the fold as Strachan says he is ‘primed and ready to go’. He added: “His loan at Gillingham has been ended so he has come back into the fold.

“He is another one, good player, good character, who has come back in. He is still a young lad but he played nearly 20 games for Gillingham so he is primed and ready to go. But for the most part it is going to be the same guys who were there on Monday.

“It has been a steep learning curve for most of them.

“But hopefully as their careers progress it turns out to be a positive experience for them, being around the first-team environment, seeing what the demands are, seeing the processes we work to and hopefully they can develop.”

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