Celtic will host Valencia at Celtic Park on Thursday night as they look to put one foot in the next round of the Europa League.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have done well to get to this stage of the competition so far, but Marcelino’s team now stand in their way of progressing.
The Hoops are in good form heading into the game, with the club yet to concede a goal in 2019 and will be feeling confident that they can come away with a victory in front of their home crowd.
However, speaking in his pre-match press conference, via the club’s official Twitter handle, Rodgers admitted he would be without one key man for the contest with the La Liga side.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 13, 2019
Although Kieran Tierney has made a return to training, the manager has admitted that he would still be unavailable for the visit of Valencia.
The Scotland international has been absent with a hip injury since mid-December and the 21-year-old will not be risked.
However, Rodgers did reveal that both Emilio Izaguirre and Jozo Simunovic were fit and available for the clash.
Izaguirre missed the weekend’s Scottish Cup win against St Johnstone with an ankle injury whilst Simunovic had to withdraw at half-time after feeling ill.
Celtic will know that Valencia will pose them a huge challenge on Thursday night, especially as the La Liga outfit are unbeaten in their last five matches.
Tierney’s absence will have come as a blow to The Bhoys as Rodgers would have liked him to be available for the game, however, Izaguirre and Simunovic’s returns come at a timely moment.
The Hoops have had their issues in defence in regards to injuries and suspensions, with the likes of Filip Benkovic and Anthony Ralston on the sidelines, whilst Dedryck Boyata has only just made a return.
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