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10th Mar, 2018 | 6:37pm

Rodgers dicing with danger if key Celtic man starts out of position in Old Firm clash v Rangers


Celtic will be taking a gamble they do not have to take if Dedryck Boyata plays in the Old Firm derby on Sunday.

The Belgian centre-back, who has not played in over a month, is fit once again, and could be back in the team for the vital Old Firm clash.

However, with Mikael Lustig suspended it may well be that Boyata, a natural centre-back, will play in the right-back role for the Hoops.

This seems to be needlessly complicating things if Brendan Rodgers does decide to play the powerhouse out of position.

The boss might not rate either Anthony Ralston or Cristian Gamboa, but they are natural right-backs, unlike Boyata.

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The other issue is that Rangers’ wing-backs have been in good form recently, and Declan John, supported by Jamie Murphy – if he is fit – could give the makeshift right-back all kinds of problems.

The Hoops do not need to win the game to all but clinch a seventh consecutive league title, a draw would also suffice, but if Rodgers starts to play players out of position the pendulum could well swing towards a Rangers victory, which would see the title race back on.

Rodgers has not made many mistakes since taking over as Hoops manager in 2016, but playing Boyata, who was a key player for the Hoops until his injury, at right-back in a game of such importance would certainly be one.

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