Rodgers confirms absence of 23-goal World Cup star in Rosenberg tie


Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed to The Scottish Sun that Marvin Compper might not be available to play against Rosenberg in the Champions League next week.

The Bhoys are into the next round of the Champions League qualifiers after thrashing Alashkert m3-0 on Wednesday night, progressing to 6-0 aggregate.

Moussa Dembele’s brace and a James Forrest striker gave Celtic an easy win, and they have now set up a second-round qualifying tie with the Norwegian side next week.

It was a mostly positive night against Alashkert, but one piece of negative news was the sending off of Jozo Simunovic, meaning he will not feature in the first leg of the Rosenborg tie.

Celtic hardly has a large defence team to boast of as it is, and whilst Dedryck Boyata may be rushed back after his World Cup exploits, questions will be raised about January signing Marvin Compper.

The German centre-back, 33, signed for the Scottish club from RB Leipzig in January and was supposed to be a veteran presence to help ease Celtic’s defensive worries, but he has fallen short of expectation so far.

So far, Compper has played just one game for Celtic, leading to him becoming a forgotten man in Glasgow, as fans have been left wondering just where he’s been hiding and why he isn’t playing.

Now, Rodgers has finally offered an update about the former Fiorentina man, telling The Scottish Sun that he has an issue with his abductor, and he is now unlikely to be a part of the Rosenborg fixture as his woes continue.

“It gives us a problem but that’s all it’s been for us,” said Rodgers. “Every pre-season there is always an issue with centre-halves. Marvin has a problem with his abductor, so we’ll see how that is, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll be available,” he added.