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Ntcham and Boyata can ensure a famous European night under Rodgers

Ntcham and Boyata can ensure a famous European night under Rodgers

Celtic will be desperate to get back to winning ways after drawing against St. Mirren last time out in the Scottish Premiership. 

The Hoops have never looked back under Brendan Rodgers as they continue to defy expectations. Although, one slight problem in recent times has been their performances in Europe, with a Champions League qualification exit earlier on in this campaign and group stage exits in previous years.

However, the Glasgow side will welcome Rosenborg to Parkhead in their first Europa League fixture. There’s no doubt that the Norwegian side will be desperate to get their campaign off to a positive start, so the Hoops will have to be at their best right from the off.

With that in mind, here’s a look at TWO players that can ensure a famous European night for Celtic…

Olivier Ntcham

The central midfielder played a huge part in Celtic’s title-winning campaign last time out and has had a similar effect in the current campaign, scoring four goals and providing one assist.

Indeed, the Hoops have relished having his attacking prowess and passing ability in the middle of midfield, but it has been his strikes from long-range that have really established him as a fan favourite.

Therefore, Rodgers will be hoping that the Frenchman can carry his fine form into Europe, despite receiving a red card in their last Scottish Premiership fixture.

Dedryck Boyata

The Belgian established himself as a hot topic during the World Cup but Celtic managed to keep hold of him in the summer, despite a number of interested clubs.

And, it’s safe to say that he has certainly been a welcome addition to Rodgers’ side since regaining his fitness and will no doubt be crucial to their push for the treble and European glory in the current campaign.

Indeed, Rosenborg may be hoping to catch Celtic on the counter attack and could deal some damage if they are to get numbers over, so Boyata’s positioning and defensive discipline will be crucial.

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