Confirmed Celtic line-up v Rosenborg: Rodgers makes two changes, teenager starts
By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers has made two changes to his starting eleven to face Norwegian giants Rosenborg in their Champions League qualifier at Celtic Park.
The Hoops go into the clash with the knowledge that they are just two matches away from securing their passage into the group stages of the elite competition.
However, Rodgers has been forced into naming a somewhat makeshift side, after injuries to Erik Sviatchenko, Dedryck Boyata and Moussa Dembele have ripped apart the Hoops’ core.
With Leigh Griffiths also sidelined after picking up a one-match ban from UEFA for provoking Linfield fans, Rodgers will be hopeful that a number of fringe stars can impress.
Midfielder Stuart Armstrong and 19-year-old Kristoffer Ajer come into the side, with Dembele and Callum McGregor dropping out.
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Celtic revealed the team news on their official Twitter account:
???? Tonight's #CelticFC team to face @RBKfotball in the @ChampionsLeague Third Qualifying Round. #COYBIG #UCL pic.twitter.com/u81htvBrFb
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) July 26, 2017
It sees new signing Oliver Ntcham make his second competitive appearance for the club after completing a £4.5million move from Manchester City, partnering Scott Brown in midfield.
Ajer, who spent the second half of the 2016-17 season on loan with Kilmarnock, will make just his second Celtic appearance alongside Jozo Simunovic at the back.
Craig Gordon retains his place in goal, with Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney at full-back.
A new-look attack sees Scott Sinclair start as the centre-forward with Dembele and Griffiths sidelined, while Armstrong, Tom Rogic and James Forrest look to support him.
In other Celtic news, English clubs have registered an interest in signing this Hoops defender.
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