Rogic and Armstrong ready, Roberts nearly there

CELTIC manager Brendan Rodgers has been given a treble boost ahead of the forthcoming Europa League show-down with Zenit St Petersburg.

Tom Rogic, Patrick Roberts and Stuart Armstrong are all back to full fitness and will be pushing hard to be ready to play their part in the vital European matches.

Rogic, who scored that wonderful gaol in last season’s Scottish Cup Final, has featured since injuring his knee against Anderlecht at Celtic Park at the start of December.

Paddy Roberts pulled up with a hamstring injury a week before, in the 1-1 draw at Motherwell and Armstrong went under the knife after returning from the winter training camp in Dubai to sort a troublesome hernia problem.

The first leg the Europa League is next Thursday at Celtic Park but this may be too soon for Roberts. However he should be back and available for the second leg in St Petersburg on 22 February.

Stuart Armstrong has also recovered from his operation and will be available for the crucial matches against the Russians.

While Celtic’s attacking options are improving with the return of Rogic, Roberts and Armstrong, there remains concern in defence. Both
Dedryck Boyata and Kris Ajer picked up injuries on the plastic pitch at Kilmarnock last Saturday and remain doubtful for now. Celtic will be looking for good news when the scan results on both injuries come back.

And first pick right back Mikael Lustig remains sidelined with the achilles problem that has seen him sidelined for the past three games.

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