The Hoops were beaten convincingly by Valencia in the first leg of their round of 32 Europa League on Thursday night, which has put them in a worrying position ahead of the return leg on Thursday.
Although, the Hoops face a difficult test in the Scottish Premiership later on today as they’ll travel to Rugby Park to face Kilmarnock. The opposition have been a difficult force to overcome at home this season, so Celtic will need to be at their very best if they are to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Indeed, the Glasgow side have been known to suffer in domestic competitions after a European game at times in the past, so Rodgers simply must drop these TWO players to avoid suffering from a European hangover today…
Emilio Izaguirre was nothing short of disappointing against Valencia on Thursday night as he looked completely out of his depth and lost the ball on a number of occasions, along with being at fault for the opener.
Indeed, the left-back’s best years are long gone as he doesn’t seem fit to wear the shirt.
So, with a very attack-minded Kilmarnock side coming up later on today in the Scottish Premiership, it’s vital that Rodgers drops the Honduras international as he’s too much of a liability.
Callum McGregor is normally a very reliable figure in the first-team ranks at Celtic, but he looked a completely different player in Thursday night’s defeat to Valencia. The Scotland international had one of his poorest games under Brendan Rodgers as he gave the ball away and offered very little moving forward.
The midfielder could do with some rest having played a massive part in Celtic’s season up until this point, as his last performance was very unlike him. Therefore, Rodgers should drop him to the substitutes’ bench and bring in Olivier Ntcham, who is set to return after a spell out on the sidelines.