Hoops’ Murphy out for a month
The Irishman, who spent last season on loan at Ipswich, limped
off in the first half of Celtic’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Real
Madrid on Saturday night.
Manager Neil Lennon told Celtic TV: “It is a grade one hamstring
and it looks like it’s going to be three or four weeks.”
Murphy’s injury was overshadowed by a later and more concerning
blow to 19-year-old Dylan McGeouch, who broke his jaw and was
knocked unconscious in an aerial challenge with Nuri Sahin.
Lennon said: “He has had a plate inserted so it should be four
or five weeks.”
The Celtic manager, whose team face Ross County in the
Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Dingwall on Saturday, admitted he
was deeply concerned as McGeouch lay motionless on the pitch in
“That’s one of your players there and your first instinct is
almost like a fatherly one,” Lennon said.
“You just hope he is going to be okay.
“Eventually I went on the pitch to make sure he was coming
“I knew he was in the best possible hands but from my point of
view I just wanted to make sure he was okay.
“He had a fantastic game and he just didn’t deserve that.
“Thankfully he was able to come home with us and get the best
Lennon also had injury concerns over Scott Brown (hip), James
Forrest (groin), Anthony Stokes (ankle), Gary Hooper (hamstring)
and Paddy McCourt (groin) but they could all be available for the