Predicted XI: Celtic v AEK Athens (A)

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       Brendan Rodgers remains calm over his squad strength but wants additions

He said: "Offers of £7million and £8million - but apparently Celtic is financially strong enough not to go into that". But at 10.30 am I had a game review. "The plan is for him to stay here and I don't see that changing".

With Boyata AWOL and Kristoffer Ajer suspended, Rodgers will be forced to lean once more on the unfamiliar central defensive pairing of Jack Hendry and Jozo Simunovic in Athens. Obviously when I came back after training he wasn't there. The goal was unfortunate and we need to bounce back from that.

"I'm not sure", he said. There was one good finish in the game and that was the difference, so I don't think we can go looking for too many excuses.

"We are slightly behind in the tie so we have to go there and be very positive and we've definitely got the players and the team capable of going there and winning the game".

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They do not have that searing turn of speed that is needed to really threaten Premier League defences. Sunday's other game was a goalless draw between Southampton and Europa League contestants Burnley.

However, the 45-year-old was quick to quash the circulating rumours with a straight bat, as he claimed, "I've got three years left of my contract here and I love everyday of my life at Celtic", and he now wants to turn his attentions to a monster Champions League qualification match on Tuesday night. We're fully focused at the end of the day on getting results, and that's it'.

Former Celtic player Chris Sutton has called Boyata a "disgrace" and a player Brendan Rodgers should look to move on as quickly as possible.

At least there was a boost for Celtic yesterday when Dembele joined the Celtic squad travelling to Athens on Sunday, with Rodgers set to take a major gamble by unleashing the French striker against AEK. The French striker has not played since the 3-0 win against Alashkert in the first qualifying round, but has made the trip to Athens.

Rodgers will be desperate for his side to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League and knows a lot of his success will be judged on how well he does in Europe.

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