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17th Mar, 2018 | 5:33pm

Celtic boss has huge decision to make as semi-final looms, may look to reunite partnership


Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will have to think long and hard about the defenders he picks for the match against Motherwell on Sunday.

With Jozo Simunovic suspended after his sending-off against Rangers, the Hoops boss will have to make at least one change to the side which started at Ibrox.

The Hoops boss may well look to reunite the defensive partnership of Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer, who worked well in a four man defence after Simunovic was dropped in December.

If the Hoops go with four at the back, it would likely involve Mikael Lustig returning to the team after his suspension against Rangers to play as the right-back, with Kieran Tierney in his usual left-back role.

However, if the Hoops decide to play with three at the back, Jack Hendry may well come on to play alongside Boyata and Ajer.

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The Hoops boss will have to think long and hard about the decision as he also has to take into account the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.

It would be a good idea if Rodgers picked the same team and formation for every league game before the cup match, but that would mean no place for Simunovic and perhaps a move to four at the back.

In a way it is a good problem for the manager to have as he has so many options at the back, but he has to make sure he gets the selection correct, or the Hoops’ dream of a second successive treble will go up in flames.

In other Celtic news, Andy Walker has tipped the Hoops to defeat Motherwell

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