Celtic

By James Black

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic is out of Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, according to a report.

The Bosnian defender hasn’t played since September before suffering a hamstring injury on international duty and the Evening Times report that he didn’t travel with the Hoops’ squad to Germany on Tuesday.

It is understood that Celtic had hoped Simunovic would be fit to face the German champions but will now likely be forced to play Nir Bitton as an emergency defender.

Further assessment of the 23-year-old’s injury is reported to have shown Celtic’s medical staff he wouldn’t be fit to have any involvement in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.

Simunovic has had his fair share of injury problems since joining the Bhoys but once he was fit became a pivotal part of the defence.

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Bitton has featured fairly regularly for Brendan Rodgers’ side so far this season as the Hoops have been hit with a string of defensive injuries.

Young Norwegian Kristoffer Ajer could also come in to replace Simunovic as a like-for-like swap.

Both sides have three points in their Champions League group after wins over Anderlecht and defeats to Paris Saint-Germain.

The free-spending French side can virtually guarantee qualification with a win over Anderlecht on Wednesday and Celtic will be desperate to take something from their game in Munich before the sides meet again in Glasgow in two weeks.

In other Celtic news, this Bayern Munich star recalls his previous painful meeting against the Hoops.

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