Celtic may be running away with the Scottish Premier League title once again, but manager Brendan Rodgers will be keen to see his side impressive away from domestic competition this term, with Europa League progression well in reach for the former Liverpool boss.
The Hoops face a tough two-legged tie against Russians Zenit St Petersburg, but Rodgers has already moved to strengthen his squad this month with the signing of Marvin Compper from RB Leipzig. Hoops fans here in The Transfer Tavern are keen to see what the 32-year-old German, but may have to wait, with reports emerging today in The Scottish Sun that the one-time international is set for a three to four-week spell on the sidelines with a calf injury.
This news will come a huge blow to Rodgers, with the defender now at risk of missing the clash with Zenit, as well as league and cup matches over the course of the next few weeks. However should the experienced man recover in within the three weeks stipulated, he should be fit for the first-leg at Parkhead on 15th February.
Landlord’s Verdict: News will come as a blow to all concerned, with Rodgers and the fans keen to see what their new man can offer, and Compper sure to be left frustrated at his debut being delayed.
The player is vastly experienced and will certainly add depth and quality to the back line in Glasgow this season, and his experience of the European game will certainly come in useful throughout Celtic’s European adventure. Compper will hope to be back in action as soon as possible, and fans will relish the player’s return to first-team affairs.
Celtic fans, let us know your thoughts!