Celtic blow as Brendan Rodgers reveals senior duo will miss clash v St Johnstone
By Will Butcher
Celtic will be without captain Scott Brown and defender Mikael Lustig on Saturday as they play host to St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.
Scott Brown serves the first match of a two-match suspension against Tommy Wright’s side, after starring in the Hoops’ huge 5-1 win over Old Firm rivals Rangers last weekend.
Former Liverpool boss Rodgers also revealed in a press conference before the match that Sweden international Lustig would miss out.
“Mikael Lustig won’t play either,” Rodgers was quoted as saying by Celtic’s official Twitter account, when asked if anyone would join Brown on the sidelines.
He went on to say: “Those two have played a lot of games this season.”
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???? BR if anyone else won't feature other than Scott Brown: "Mikael Lustig won't play either. Those 2 have played a lot of games this season."
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) May 3, 2017
The 48-time Scottish champions are now just four league games away from completing an unbeaten season in Rodgers’ first term in charge, winning 30 of their 34 outings.
The Hoops are also on course to complete a treble after reaching the final of the Scottish Cup, with Scottish League Cup and Scottish Premiership triumphs already confirmed.
Rodgers will be hoping his side remain professional in their bout against Wright’s fourth placed outfit, after winning three of their three outings against the Saints this season.
Northern Irishman Rodgers will also have one eye on surpassing the Scottish Premiership points tally record, which was set by Celtic back in the 2001-02 season (103 points).
Currently on 94, Celtic can still reach a huge 106 if they win all four remaining fixtures against St. Johnstone, Aberdeen, Partick and Hearts.
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