Celtic news: Unexpected injury throws up Hoops selection dilemma

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25th Apr, 2018 | 10:06pm

Celtic senior player injury blow gives Rodgers food for thought ahead of colossal clash


Celtic’s preparations for the upcoming potential title party against Rangers have taken a bit of a bump with the news that Mikael Lustig could miss the game with a broken toe.

Lustig told the Swedish football site fotbollskanalen that he was hopeful he would recover from the injury in time for the derby, as the toe problem kept him out of the Hoops’ 2-1 loss to Hibernian.

The news of the 31-year-old senior player’s injury will certainly provide food for thought for Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers. If Lustig misses out on Sunday that means he will probably have to go to a three at the back defensive system.

Rodgers has tried a four at the back without Lustig, but it hasn’t worked as neither Jack Hendry or Kristoffer Ajer have looked comfortable there.

The problem with using three at the back though is that it takes away Kieran Tierney’s strength in attack and defence and uses him mostly going forward, which isn’t the best idea when you consider that one of the few strengths Rangers have is on the wings.

The Hoops will be favourites for the match no matter the team that’s selected by Rodgers, but the Hoops have played poorly at times in the league campaign this season.

The Gers will be desperate to stop the Hoops from clinching the title against them, Rodgers needs to get his selection at the back correct to ensure that the Bhoys fans have a day they will never forget.

In other Celtic news, Scott Brown has delivered his verdict on the upcoming Old Firm clash

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