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24th Nov, 2017 | 10:47am

Davie Hay: This Celtic star should not have played against PSG

Celtic legend Davie Hay has claimed that Brendan Rodgers should not have started Jozo Simunovic against PSG on Wednesday night.

He also stated that Brendan Rodgers needs to change Celtic’s style of play when facing Europe’s elite.

Under the management of Brendan Rodgers the Hoops have had huge success domestically but in Europe it’s been a different story.

Celtic conceded seven goals in Barcelona last season and this season have conceded 12 in two games against PSG and it’s a record that Hay says has to be improved.

Writing in his column in the Evening Times website, the former Celtic manager claims that the Hoops have to deny the top sides time and space on the ball.

“You have to concentrate on curtailing the amount of space and time on the ball that top class sides on the continent have – and then try to do something on the occasions when you have possession,” he wrote.

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“I also feel the Celtic defenders have to be more commanding going forward. They made far too many mistakes and were punished for it. I am not saying they are bad players, but you have to show more conviction at that level.”

Hay also said that Celtic defender Simunovic shouldn’t have started the game.

“Rodgers started with Jozo Simunovic at centre half alongside Dedryck Boyata even though the Bosnia and Herzegovina defender hadn’t played in nearly two months.

“With hindsight, maybe he shouldn’t have been involved. It was asking a lot to throw him back in against a team which fielded Cavani, Mbappe and Neymar up front.

“On reflection, possibly Bitton, who has done well in his first team performances, would have been the better option.”

Celtic are still in pole position to clinch Europa League football after Christmas, as they sit three points ahead of Anderlecht in third place in their Champions League group.

The teams meet at Celtic Park on December the 5th.

The Hoops return to domestic action this weekend in the Betfred Cup Final against Motherwell at Hampden Park on Sunday.

In other Celtic news, Moussa Dembele has been nominated for a highly prestigious award that he won last season

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