Last April while playing against Motherwell at Forthbank he was injured in an innocuous challenge that required surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
The midfielder was making great progress but has battled back from surgery, enjoying a 20 minute appearance as a substitute in last week’s Reserve Cup semi-final win over Hibs.
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.
CELTIC: Hughes: Savoury, Welsh, Hjelde, Church, McInroy, Coffey; Dembele, Burt, Oko-Flex; McGrath
SUBS: Paterson, Smith, Murray, Wylie, Mackay, Montgomerie, Moffat