Last April while playing against Motherwell at Forthbank he was injured in an innocuous challenge that required surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Celtic have still to face Partick Thistle and Graeme Murty’s youngsters with victories in all three matches needed to ensure a place in the final.
An extra-time winning goal from Robbie Deas earned Celtic last season’s trophy against the Ibrox kids in a 3-2 thriller.
CELTIC: Hughes: Savoury, Welsh, Hjelde, Church, McInroy, Coffey; Dembele, Burt, Oko-Flex; McGrath
SUBS: Paterson, Smith, Murray, Wylie, Mackay, Montgomerie, Moffat