'A joke', 'Total fear' – Celtic fans react to unexpected CL team news v Astana
By Harry Sykes
Celtic fans are looking forward to qualifying for the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday afternoon.
The Scottish Champions are 5-0 up from the home leg and only a capitulation of unthinkable proportions would see them going out of the competition.
However, Celtic fans are slightly concerned about their centre-back pairing of Kristoffer Ajer and Nir Bitton, and the unexpected absence of Jozo Simunovic.
Bitton was left nursing an injury after the Kilmarnock game on Saturday, but he has looked solid so far this season after stepping into the heart of the Celtic defence following injuries to Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata.
However, Ajer is only 19-years-old and has only played four senior games for the club.
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And the two of them together seem to have given Celtic fans the willies.
Here is a selection of their reactions to the unexpected team news:
big game for ajer and bitton with no jozo
— shmeggg (@megankanexxx) August 22, 2017
Unpopular opinion…but a combination of Ajer & Bitton give me the total fear…
— Rob ???????????????????????????? (@aarbee13) August 22, 2017
Ajer and bitton right we are maybe 5-0 up but this is Celtic away in Europe we are talking about
— Connor Wyllie (@connor_wyllie) August 22, 2017
Tonight is a good test of where Ajer & Bitton are as central defenders right now. Never been played in a game we didn't dominate possession.
— A Grand Auld Team (@FritzAGrandAuld) August 22, 2017
Ajer and Bitton in defence. Quite a joke we've came into this game with that defence but nevertheless, no excuses for tonight. Get a result https://t.co/4NetAv5sMg
— Road To Ten (@CelticOK) August 22, 2017
I wanted to see Ajer… but erm… not with Bitton! ???? https://t.co/NZxHgVtYT9
— Gastro Celtic (@Gastro_Celtic) August 22, 2017
Bitton and Ajer at the back is a bit risky?! #CelticFC
— Sean Chapman (@schappers19) August 22, 2017
Aye, bit of an acid test for Ajer, but he's played well there so far. Not convinced by Bitton in there though. Need protection from Brown.
— Brian Healy (@Brian_Healy) August 22, 2017
Bitton and Ajer at the back is a bit dodge
— Aidan Quinn (@QuinnBhoy92) August 22, 2017
The big centre forward will absolutely ragdoll Ajer and Bitton.
— Briandamage (@Briandamge64) August 22, 2017
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