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20th Dec, 2016 | 3:06pm

Team news hint: Rodgers poised to name youngsters in clash v Patrick Thistle

By Emma Sanders

Brendan Rodgers could hand opportunities to a number of young players in the clash against Patrick Thistle on Tuesday evening.

Celtic are currently 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and are expected to extend their lead in the mid-week clash against the bottom-of-the-table side.

“For me, I can have a look at it now and have a look at my squad. My vision here, fundamentally coming here was to win trophies, to play attacking football the Celtic way and to bring young players through,” said Rodgers, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“So we will see if there are any young players we can bring in over the next few games. We have had a number of them train with us and they have done well.”

Celtic are already boosted by the return of Scott Brown in midfield after the skipper was forced to miss the 2-1 victory against Dundee on Saturday through suspension.

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Brown is expected to start but there are major doubts over the fitness of Tom Rogic who was forced to come off in the win after picking up an ankle injury.

He faces a late fitness test but James Forrest and Keiran Tierney are not expected to feature given their absences through injury.

Celtic already have two young stars excelling this season in Moussa Dembele and Karamoko Dembele. Both have been in the headlines this week.

13-year-old Dembele made his England under-15 debut on the weekend while the first team star was awarded France under-21’s Player of the Year following a poll voted for by fans in his native country.

Throughout his managerial career, Rodgers has been known for introducing a number of talented youngsters and was in charge of Liverpool when Raheem Sterling, Jordan Rossiter, Jon Flanagan and Jordon Ibe broke into the first team.

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