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Potential early team news for Celtic fans ahead of tonight’s UCL qualifier

The Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern can’t really be blamed for feeling their side are truly invincible, considering the campaign they enjoyed last time out.

Indeed, the only thing the Bhoys in the bar feel can improve on last term is a longer adventure in the Champions League, with our drinkers clad in green and white desperate to see some more magical European nights at Celtic Park soon.

With Brendan Rodgers’ side due to play Rosenborg tonight in their UCL 3rd qualifier, the fact that Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths are both looking likely to miss the game has worried the Hoops propping up our bar. The pair notched over 50 goals between last season and the striker shortage ahead of tonight’s clash really has painted some worried faces in our bar today.

So, with a few of our punters draped over the bar loudly discussing just how they think Rodgers should set up in the absence of the duo this evening, reports from the Scotsman have proved rather interesting. They’ve revealed that attacking midfielder Tom Rogic could deputise in the central striking berth, or as a False 9.

”Some of you may or may not have noticed that in the Partick game for the last half hour I played Tom Rogic up there. That was planning forward, thinking about the ‘what if’”, said Rodgers.

That was a false nine. So we’ll see. “

”I’ve done that wherever I’ve been, having that ‘floating’ player. You need to have pace in behind. It can gain you superiority in a vital area of the field. It works.”

Landlord’s Verdict 

While Rosenborg are a good side and the absences of both Dembele and Griffiths are far from ideal, perhaps Rogic really can do a job as a False 9. Indeed, if the Australian international does impress, perhaps the idea of deploying him there could soften any blow of potentially losing Demebel this summer.

A big night for Rogic.

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