Brendan Rodgers has given Celtic supporters some good news following the tepid goalless draw against St Johnstone.
The Hoops manager has revealed that the key first-team trio of Mikael Lustig, Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown – all of whom missed the game against St Johnstone, although Brown was suspended – should be fit for the second leg of the Europa League tie against Zenit on Thursday night.
“Olivier Ntcham should be fine. He’s been sick the last couple of days. Scott Brown will available and Mikael should be fine. It was precautionary today.” the Northern Irishman said, as quoted by the official Celtic Twitter account.
????️BR on whether those absent today would be fit for next week: "@OlivierNtcham should be fine. He's been sick the last couple of days. @ScottBrown8 will available & Mika should be fine. It was precautionary today."
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— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 18, 2018
The Hoops weren’t at their best against Tommy Wright’s side, and have seen their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership cut down to nine points after Rangers’ 5-3 win over Hamilton.
The decision to play so many fringe players was understandable, but it didn’t work as the Bhoys failed to create many cleat cut chances, with the best probably falling to Odsonne Edouard, who ended up getting the ball stuck under his feet.
Even the introduction of James Forrest, Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney failed to have an impact as the Bhoys were held to their second goalless draw of the season.
The Hoops manager has plenty to think about ahead of a huge week for the Bhoys, with the second leg in Russia on Thursday followed by a trip to third placed Aberdeen for a vital league encounter next Sunday.
In other Celtic news, fans were not impressed with Cristian Gamboa’s performance against St Johnstone