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David Hay believes that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will have a huge decision to make in selecting his new go-to centre-back partnership.

The former Hoops manager feels that new signing from Leipzig Marvin Compper, who has agreed a deal to join the Bhoys in January, will be one of the starters, and that Rodgers faces a “balancing act” in trying to keep the club’s other main centre-backs Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata happy.

“The Celtic manager now has a balancing act on his hands, because neither of the two centre-backs there currently there will be happy at dropping out”, he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“Dedryck Boyata has World Cup ambitions with Belgium, and Jozo Simunovic was probably the better performer there until the game against Hearts.”

He finished with a claim that Compper will expect to be a first-team regular at Celtic Park.

“And at 32, Compper won’t have come to Scotland to sit on the bench. I’ll be interested to see who will be the one to make way for him,” Hay added.

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Simunovic and Boyata formed a partnership in the second-half of last season, and were mainstays of the side which clinched a first domestic treble since 2001 and a first unbeaten league season since the 1890s.

The pair started off this season well, and looked particularly strong in Celtic’s sole Champions League group stage victory this season, the 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in September.

Since then though, both men have suffered from injuries and poor performances, the most recent the 4-0 loss to Hearts where the pair completely failed to cope with the physical nature of the Tynecastle side.

Compper is ineligible for the Europa League last 32 clash with Zenit in February so there is a good chance that the struggling duo will reunite in two of the Bhoys’ biggest matches of the season.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops will sell Moussa Dembele in January according to a respected journalist

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