Brendan Rodgers has given his take on Jozo Simunovic’s sending off on Wednesday night against Alashkert and also admitted Celtic are now facing a defensive crises ahead of the Rosenborg tie.

Speaking after the game the Irishman felt the referee could have been more lenient if he wanted to but in European football, raising your foot the way Jozo did is always going to put you in the firing line.

‘I thought the referee could have kept him on the pitch and given him a warning because I don’t think it was intentional.

But in European football, you normally get punished for that.’

Speaking about the tie against Rosenborg next week, the Celtic gaffer is now assessing his defensive situation with Celtic yet again unable to call on Marvin Compper who has another injury.

Lustig may have to play centre back or Rodgers admitted he may send an SOS to World Cup star Boyata.

‘It gives us a problem but that’s all it’s been for us. Every pre-season there is always an issue with centre-halves.

‘Marvin has a problem with his adductor, so we’ll see how that is, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll be available.

‘With Boyata, I don’t know – I’ll need to assess that over the next few days.’



  1. So can’t Celtic get someone else fae the reserves, or another first team player to fall back. That’s the problem Wae the Hoops, if your tall and can heed a baw your a centre back. Either that if your tall and cany your a goalkeeper.


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