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Celtic 3-Zero Alashkert: Rosenborg a

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Celtic 3-Zero Alashkert: Rosenborg a

Kristoffer Ajer (proper) and Jack Hendry had to deal with the sending off of Jozo Simunovic towards Alashkert

Celtic’s Norwegian defender, Kristoffer Ajer, has warned they face a “nice” group in Rosenborg in subsequent week’s Champions League qualifier.

Brendan Rodgers’ facet recorded a second 3-Zero win over Alashkert, regardless of Jozo Simunovic’s early purple card.

However Ajer says Rosenborg will pose a a lot larger menace than the Armenians.

“Rosenborg are a very powerful opponent with a variety of high quality gamers,” he mentioned. “It is going to be a very powerful sport residence and away.”

Moussa Dembele scored twice both facet of Simunovic’s 11th-minute purple card, with James Forrest including a 3rd earlier than half-time.

That arrange a re-match with Rosenborg, who Celtic scraped past 1-0 on combination final season, within the second qualifying spherical.

“Once you play Champions League qualifiers, you meet high quality opponents,” the 20-year-old mentioned.

“I do know Rosenborg rather well. Final 12 months, they beat Ajax within the final spherical to undergo [to the Europa League group stage], so they’re a very high facet and might actually harm you in the event you’re not 100% up for the sport.

“Rosenborg are a typical Scandinavian group. They’re properly organised and have a great squad, so I feel that is their greatest energy.

“It is a properly constructed group with a supervisor that has been there for a few years.”

‘We hope Dembele will probably be OK’

Supervisor Brendan Rodgers should now juggle his defensive sources for subsequent Wednesday’s first leg at Celtic Park, with Simunovic suspended.

Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig are usually not but again from World Cup obligation whereas German centre-half Marvin Compper is injured and unlikely to be match.

“Each pre-season there’s at all times a problem with centre-halves,” Rodgers famous.

“Marvin was injured, it is his abductor, so we’ll see how that’s, but it surely’s extremely unlikely he’ll be obtainable.

“With Boyata, I do not know – I am going to have to assess that over the subsequent few days. With Mikael, it is a risk however when he comes again he will not be match and it will take a few weeks to stand up to hurry.”

An extra concern noticed French striker Dembele limp off within the second half of Wednesday’s victory, however Rodgers is hopeful the damage just isn’t too critical.

“We’ll discover out within the subsequent couple of days,” he mentioned. “He simply felt a little bit of tightness in his hamstring.

“He’s as match as he has been since I have been right here at this stage of the season so we hope it was only a tightness and he will probably be OK.”

Celtic defeated Rosenborg 1-Zero on combination within the Champions League qualifiers final season

Celtic no less than know what to anticipate from Rosenborg, after assembly on the identical qualifying stage a 12 months in the past.

“They’ve made some modifications, however their system may be very a lot the identical,” Rodgers informed BBC Scotland. “They play 4-3-3, wish to move the ball.

“I feel they’re going to come right here, much like final 12 months, and be very compact, very tight and try to not concede.”

Rodgers urged that his group’s “urge for food and starvation within the sport was distinctive” as they beat Alashkert regardless of Simunovic’s purple card leaving them a person quick.

“It was an excellent win for us contemplating we performed many of the sport with 10 males,” he added.

“We obtained three objectives and will have had a number of extra. We dominated the sport with 10 males.”

Of the purple card, Rodgers mentioned: “It may have gone both means. I can see why the ref despatched him off.

“It was a excessive boot on the participant. In European soccer, when your foot is that prime, you possibly can anticipate a purple card.”

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