So, I'm unsure if I can use Celador (while he's in the staging area) for anything other than just getting his quest contribution.
Can I use him to attack or defend?
Can I exhaust him to put 3 progress on Overgrown Trail? ("Exhaust a Ranger character to put 3 progress on…")
Can I heal him?
My current thought is NO to all of these. Otherwise, why would they make the distinction between having him in the staging area and later when he moves to our play area…
Of course we can do all this when he moves to our play area as per stage 3 of Into Ithilien