Rodgers comments will worry some Celtic fans

Rodgers comments will worry some Celtic fans
  1. Rodgers comments will worry some Celtic fans
    Is Nir Bitton set to start for Celtic in the Champions League next week? If Brendan Rodgers's comments are anything to go by,…
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Is Nir Bitton set to start for Celtic in the Champions League next week? If Brendan Rodgers's comments are anything to go by, yes.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has told The Record that he trusts makeshift defender Nir Bitton, amid widespread calls from the fanbase that he should drop him next week.

The Israel international has been plugging gaps in central defence over the past couple of weeks as a result of injuries to Erik Sviatchenko and Dedryck Boyata.

And he has, in his defence, looked good in games against Rosenborg and Hearts, but Bitton came under fire for a shaky display against Partick on Friday in which he could and should have conceded a penalty for a late foul which was not given.

Nir Bitton (R) of Celtic and Stephen Lowry (L) of Linfield during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017...

As a result, Celtic fans on Twitter urged Rodgers to replace him with Kristoffer Ajer for their Champions League first-leg qualifier with Astana on Wednesday.

But the Northern Irish has suggested to The Record that he intends on playing the 25-year-old this week.

“Think how well Nir played against Rosenborg in a big-pressure game and then against Hearts on opening day.

“He’s been up against boys who have been a real handful like Kyle Lafferty and Conor Sammon. They’re making him defend, he’s not getting it all his own way. But he’s coping very well with it.

“I wouldn’t put him in if I didn’t trust he could do the job. He gives you that extra dimension…

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