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28th Feb, 2018 | 4:22pm

Rodgers must not risk Celtic 27-yr-old in clash v Rangers, would be huge gamble

Celtic have had plenty of injury issues in recent weeks, but they received a rare bit of good news on that front in the last couple of days with the news that centre-back Dedryck Boyata is set to return from injury.
Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers revealed, as reported by the Daily Record, that the Belgian international is set to be fit in time for the Old Firm derby against Rangers on Sunday the 11th of March.
However, the manager also disclosed that the 27-year-old wouldn’t be risked in any Celtic match before that.
That puts his participation in the derby in doubt, as it would be far too much of a gamble to put him into the melting pot of a vital Old Firm game after having not played for five weeks.
Boyata suffered his injury in the 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock at the beginning of February, and Rodgers is surely smart enough to know that it isn’t worth risking him in such a huge game after so long out.
The Hoops boss has players available who can take Boyata’s place, such as Kristoffer Ajer, Jozo Simunovic and Jack Hendry.
If Boyata was rushed back for the game and suffered an injury it would be calamitous for the Hoops.
It’s far better to gradually give him game to ensure that such an important player is available for the run-in as the Hoops aim to complete a second consecutive domestic treble.
In other Celtic news, Scott Sinclair’s decline can be traced back to an awful performance v Rangers 
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