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Sport Team news: Celtic v Alashkert (A)

00:25  10 july  2018
00:25  10 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Moussa Dembele likely to be fit to face Rosenborg

  Moussa Dembele likely to be fit to face Rosenborg Celtic have been given a major boost as Moussa Dembele is looking like he’ll be fit to play against Rosenborg in Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League qualifier. Dembele limped out of last week’s win against Alashkert with a hamstring issue but Alison McConnell of the Herald reports that the issue was just some tightness and the decision to take him off was precautionary. With Leigh Griffiths unlikely to feature before August, having Dembele fit for the huge clash against the Norwegians will be a major boost as Celtic look to ensure safe passage into the Champions League group stages for the third successive season. One issue which still remains is at centre back. With Jozo Simunovic suspended for the first leg after his red-card against Alashkert last week, Rodgers will need to do some reshuffling and even though Mikael Lustig is back with the squad after his post-World Cup break, he’s unlikely to feature on Wednesday.

“The players are fitter than I expected at this stage” Brendan Rodgers speaks to Gerry McCulloch in Austria about how impressed he’s been with the team ’s fitness levels after returning from 4 weeks holiday. Alashkert v Celtic live on Celtic TV.

What is the team news ? ALASHKERT will be without former Celtic triallist Dino Skvorc who departed the club last week. Celtic have no immediate injury issues as Rodgers looks to avoid a pontential banana skin.

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Celtic will get their season underway on Tuesday afternoon when they face Armenian side Alashkert in their first Champions League qualifier.

It seems like just yesterday when Brendan Rodgers’ side were wrapping up a second consecutive domestic treble, but already, the 2018/19 campaign is underway.

Celtic will be huge favourites to qualify but Alashkert have won their domestic league for the last three seasons and will be looking to spring an upset if the Boys aren’t on their game.

Here’s the latest Celtic team news ahead of the game:

Moussa Dembele out for up to three weeks with hamstring injury

  Moussa Dembele out for up to three weeks with hamstring injury Celtic striker Moussa Dembele will be out for up to three weeks with hamstring injury, according to Sky Sports. Twitter: BREAKING: @CelticFC forward Moussa Dembele out for up to three weeks with hamstring injury. #SSN https://t.co/JAxAmWYCRW (@SkySportsNews) Speaking ahead of the game against Rosenborg, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said: “Moussa will be out for a few weeks. Thankfully it’s not a longer-term hamstring. Sometimes these things can be six to eight weeks but it’s not that – it’s two to three weeks maximum. It was unfortunate for him as he’s looked very fit in pre-season.” With Leigh Griffiths also out injured, the onus will fall on Odsonne Edouard to score the golas to hopefully fire Celtic into the group stages of the Champions League. However, Rodgers revelaed that he too was an injury doubt earlier in the week, so the Hoops will need to manage his workload carefully. “We had a scare with Odsonne as well and he only just re-joined training on Monday. After the game, his knee had swollen up. He hadn’t trained for a few days but he looked fine on Monday in training. Whether Odsonne is up there on his own or he’s playing with someone, he’s already proven, he can play the role really well.

“The players are fitter than I expected at this stage” Brendan Rodgers speaks to Gerry McCulloch in Austria about how impressed he’s been with the team ’s fitness levels after returning from 4 weeks holiday. Celtic ’s UEFA Champions League opener date v Alashkert confirmed.

“The players are fitter than I expected at this stage” Brendan Rodgers speaks to Gerry McCulloch in Austria about how impressed he’s been with the team ’s fitness levels after returning from 4 weeks holiday. Secure a seat now for Celtic v Alashkert in UCL qualifier.

Mikael Lustig, Cristian Gamboaand Tom Rogic will not feature as they are recovering from their involvement in the World Cup, whilst Dedryck Boyatais still on international duty with Belgium.

Celtic captain Scott Brown will have a late fitness test after he was forced to come off at half-time during the 7-0 friendly win over Shamrock Rovers due a knee issue.

Meanwhile, striker Leigh Griffiths and defender Marvin Compper will take any part in the game having missed Saturday’s friendly at Shamrock Rovers.

Rodgers praises his side after victory .
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side after they brushed aside Armenian champions Alashkert in their Champions League qualifying match last night, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Two late goals sealed a 3-0 win for Rodgers’ side in the first leg that took place yesterday evening in Yerevan. New addition Odsonne Edouard, who made his loan deal from Paris St Germain permanent, scored the opening goal in added time of the first half. The other two goals came late on in the game from James Forrest and Callum McGregor. Rodgers spoke of his side’s display and the late goals that sealed their victory. “It is a huge credit to the players and medical staff.” “We know we have a long way to go in terms of getting to full capacity but certainly at this stage, to show that hunger and desire to continue to work to the very end, it was a real winning difference.” “They kept pushing and kept working and they got their rewards. So it was a great credit to how hard they have worked fitness-wise.” “A clean sheet was important because as you start to tire in the game you can maybe lose a goal cheaply.” “But we didn’t do that, we concentrated well and scored three very good goals.” Celtic had to deal with the insane heat during the match, but Rodgers believes that the weather conditions will benefit his side in terms of fitness ahead of the new season. “It is breathless really. You sense it just standing in it. I thought they coped with it very well.” “They will really benefit from that game in terms of fitness and it sets us up well for the next leg.” “It is just a case of picking the team to win the game but also to get the players developing their fitness.

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