Times: Rodgers to name emergency centre-back in Celtic XI against Neymar and Mbappe
By Harry Sykes
Celtic are set to gamble by naming an emergency centre-back in Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain, according to a report.
The Times claim the Glasgow giants are likely to ask midfielder Nir Bitton to deputise at centre-back due to injuries to senior men Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko.
It is said that manager Brendan Rodgers could ask right-back Mikael Lustig to drop inside and partner senior man Jozo Simunovic, with Anthony Ralston deployed on the right flank.
But the more likely possibility is that Bitton, 25, will partner Simunovic and aim to keep PSG’s £400million strike force of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani at bay.
Bitton has been used at centre-back on a number of occasions this season but his performances have been criticised and he has not had to contain some of the world’s finest forwards.
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It leaves a big question mark over Celtic, who have never won their opening Champions League fixture.
Nevertheless, Brendan Rodgers’ side are in fine fettle after dispatching Hamilton 4-1 on Friday night to climb to the top of the Scottish Premiership and extend their unbeaten domestic run to 54 matches.
In other Celtic team news, the club are in advanced talks to sign up an enforcer, with the deal to be done this month.