After a very disappointing aggregate defeat to AEK Athens mid-week, it is important Celtic get their season back on track this afternoon, as they make the short journey to Partick Thistle.
The Jags should pose far less of a threat to Celtic than AEK Athens did, but there is no room for complacency. With some tired legs from midweek, it may well be time to give some Celtic youngsters a chance of some senior action.
Celtic’s academy has brought through the likes of Kieran Tierney in recent years. With such a strong squad, it is hard for youngsters to get first team action in a side which has won successive trebles.
The Scottish Cup could provide an excellent chance for Celtic’s youth players to impress. With that in mind, here are two young players Rodgers can surely trust to smash the North Glasgow outfit later today.
This 18-year-old forward has a highly impressive goal scoring record in the Scottish youth sides, Aitchison is one of the youngest ever players to score a senior goal for Celtic.
He has a real technical ability, and would cause problems for the Partick Thistle defence all afternoon. A goal would also do wonders for the confidence of the youngster.
Competition for places is always a good thing, and with a player as good as Aitchison, he deserves his chance.
The Glasgow-born 19-year-old winger possesses a lethal cross, ability to finish and pace. This afternoon against Partick Thistle might provide the perfect chance for Johnston to show Brendan Rodgers what he can do.
At 19-years-old, he needs first-team football. The Northern Irish manager has to trust in the abilities of the youngster.