Celtic slumped to a deserved 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday as they lost their second league match of the season.
But the poor performance was overshadowed further by injury problems which could have a huge impact on the rest of the Hoops’ season.
Two of the Bhoys’s starting centre-backs – Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer – were both taken off injured in the first-half of the match.
This meant that debutant Jack Hendry was paired with Nir Bitton in the centre of defence, and the former Dundee player did reasonably well.
Hendry will now face a potential baptism of fire though, as he seems certain to start the Europa League last 32 ties with Zenit later this month.
It looks likely if Hendry will be paired with the only other fit centre-back, Jozo Simunovic, who was left out of the Kilmarnock game as he can’t play on an artificial pitch.
The sensible thing for Brendan Rodgers to do would be to play the pair against Partick in the Scottish Cup then St Johnstone in the league, to get them used to playing with each other.
Rodgers obviously has faith in new arrival Hendry otherwise he wouldn’t have started at Rugby Park, and he’ll no doubt be confident that the 22-year-old will pass the difficult tests that lie ahead with flying colours.
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