Confirmed Celtic line-up v Astana: 25-year-old starts, Rodgers takes no chances
By Harry Sykes
Brendan Rodgers is taking no chances ahead of the second leg of the Champions League play-off with Astana.
The Scottish Champions are ready to claim their place in the Champions League group stage in Kazakhstan this afternoon.
The second leg kicks off at 4.30pm and Rodgers’ side hold a massive 5-0 advantage going into the game.
Barring an unthinkable disaster, it means that Celtic will be lining up for the lucrative group stage of the elite European competition again.
But Rodgers has told his team to act as if the game is poised at 0-0, and wants to win the game to move through emphatically.
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To that end he has named a strong line-up for the game.
Nir Bitton is fit to play, despite picking up a knock against Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Leigh Griffiths leads the line again, with Olivier Ntcham recalled after sitting the last game out.
The team line-up was announced on the official Celtic Twitter page ahead of the late afternoon kick off in the Astana Arena.
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