By Will Butcher
Chris Sutton has claimed that he would have taken Jozo Simunovic to Germany to face Borussia Monchengladbach if he was in charge.
The Croatian centre-back was left in Glasgow by manager Brendan Rodgers, along with Scotland internationals Leigh Griffiths and Kieran Tierney, who have been ruled out to play in the Champions League clash.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s Group E clash against Gladbach, Sutton revealed on his personal Twitter account that he would have taken Simunovic after his fine form for the Bhoys.
Yes I do! If he's injured fine but surely a must win game you need your strongest team. And Simunovic been great. Let him miss weekend👍 https://t.co/C3iK5DELPl
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) November 1, 2016
Sutton believes that Simunovic has been in fine form this season and would be a member of Rodgers’ strongest side, but the former Liverpool boss has opted against selecting him.
With Kolo Toure also missing the Champions League clash in Germany, Rodgers has been left threadbare at the heart of the 47-time Scottish champions’ defence.
Simunovic’s absence means Sweden international Mikael Lustig is likely to move across from right-back to partner Erik Sviatchenko at centre back, giving summer signing Cristian Gamboa a start on the right side of defence.
The Hoops have struggled alongside the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City, claiming just one point against Pep Guardiola’s side in an enthralling 3-3 draw at Parkhead.
A sobering 7-0 demolition by Lionel Messi and co. at the Nou Camp revealed the difference in depth between Celtic and their Champions League counterparts, before they lost 2-0 to Gladbach in October.
Three points against Andre Schubert’s side could give Celtic a lifeline, with difficult ties against City and Barca coming up.
In other Celtic news, Sutton also claimed that this fringe star is under a lot of pressure.