Date: 27th May 2018 at 3:54pm
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Like almost every other function of the side this season, the defence was a mixed back for Brendan Rodgers and his Celtic team.

Some players seemed to play themselves out of contention completely with some dreadful performances, whilst at least one player emerged from nowhere to become a first-team regular.

Others just didn’t feature at all, and would be better off leaving the club in the summer.

The Hoops found it difficult to keep a stable defence together last season, as poor from and injuries were a chronic issue to deal with.

On the plus side, the Bhoys did concede the lowest number of goals in the Scottish Premiership, so credit is due to some players who get an awful of criticism at times.

We can’t be too critical of the players, they did win another domestic treble after all, but some performances could have been much better, and an improvement is called for next season, especially in Europe.

Here, Football Insider rates the Hoops defenders in 2017/18:

Jack Hendry – 4/10: Has yet to fully convince since joining from Dundee in the January transfer window. He will need to pick up his performances sharpish is he is to become a first-team regular next season.

Jozo Simunovic – 3/10: This former mainstay seemed to lose all confidence in his ability. His season will be remembered for an awful performance in the 4-0 loss to Hearts which seen him lose his place in the team, and getting sent-off v Rangers. He can do better.

Cristian Gamboa – 2/10: The forgotten man. Made only three appearances for the Hoops this season, but is one of the few players that will be going to the World Cup, needs a new club asap for the sake of his career.

Dedryck Boyata – 6/10: A real mixed bag, is obviously a favourite of Brendan Rodgers, but can be guilty of making some dreadful errors as well as good defending. Will probably be a first pick at the back as long as he is at the club.

Mikael Lustig – 6/10: Recovered from a really poor series of performances around the time of the winter break to come into decent form towards the end of the season. At least his goal celebrations are always worth watching.

Marvin Compper – 1/10: A very odd signing, the German has made only one appearance since joining the Hoops from Leipzig in January. Who knows what the future holds for him, as he seems way down the pecking order of the defence.

Kristoffer Ajer – 9/10: One of the stand-out performers of the season, the Norwegian teenager hasn’t looked back since becoming a first-team regular in December. He could be a mainstay of the Hoops side for many years to come.

Calvin Miller – 3/10: The nominal replacement left-back has looked like what he is – a converted former striker – in his few appearances for the Bhoys this season. The sooner he is played further forward the better for his career.

Kieran Tieney – 9/10: Another excellent season for Tierney, the first ever footballer to be named young player of the year three years in a row. No doubt he will be the subject of plenty of speculation in the summer, but all being well he should return to the Hoops next season.

In other Celtic news, read the ratings of the Hoops goalkeepers from last season

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