Brendan Rodgers remains optimistic over Moussa Dembele’s injury
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that Moussa Dembele’s leg injury is only a minor one after he was forced to be substituted during the second half of the 3-0 win over Alashkert. The Frenchman netted a brace within the opening 20 minutes of the game and this ensured that the Hoops enjoyed a comfortable night despite Jozo Simunovic being sent off in just the 11th minute for a high-footed challenge.
Speaking after the match, Rodgers revealed that Dembele had felt some tightness behind his legs but he remains hopeful that the concern is not a major one, he said: “He was tight at the back of his legs so we will need to assess that tomorrow and in the next couple of days. He is as fit as he has been since I've been here at this stage of the season so hope it was just a tightness and he will be okay.”
Meanwhile, Rodgers suggested that the red card for Simunovic was unfortunate and the referee may have probably kept the centre-back on the field with a warning, he added: “In European football, it is always difficult when your foot is that high. I thought the referee could have kept him on the pitch or gave him a warning because I don't think it was intentional.”
Celtic made light weather of the first qualifying round of the Champions League with a couple of 3-0 wins over Armenian side Alashkert and they are now scheduled to take on Norwegian champions Rosenborg in the next phase. Unlike their previous opponents, Rosenborg are no slouches on the playing field but the Hoops should fancy their chances of progressing further after the Norwegians sacked their head coach just days before the first leg. Celtic host Rosenborg on July 25 before they make the visit for the reverse fixture on August 1.