Brendan Rodgers has reached the Champions League group stages in the last two seasons. Last season Celtic beat Rosenborg 1-0 over two legs in their Champions League qualifiers. Celtic know that AEK Athens awaits if they can turn over the Norwegians again.
Celtic fans already knew Jozo Simunovic would not be available after he was red carded last week at Celtic Park. Fears worsened when Brendan Rodgers announced that Dembele would miss the next two games through injury.
The big question mark hanging over tonights game was always going to be in defence. With Lustig and Boyata only returning from World Cup duty, The Celtic manager had some big calls to make. The Celtic’s manager hand might be somewhat forced but his back four consists of two inexperienced centre backs. Cristian Gamboa is a surprise call up after very little game time in the hoops, his last game in a Celtic jersey came all the way back in February.