Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers faces an intriguing selection dilemma ahead of two big games.

The Hoops face St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup on Sunday, followed by Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday.

The dilemma comes with who to select as the Hoops’ two centre-backs. Three players are available, but only two will play.

Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer are all part of a Hoops defence which has kept six clean sheets in a row.

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Ajer was suspended for the recent 2-0 league victory over Hibernian, which saw Boyata make his return from injury.

 

Now Rodgers has to give one of the trio the bad news that they will miss the game against St Johnstone.

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There is always a chance that the Hoops boss play three at the back, but that would be too much of a gamble. You don’t want to start changing your formation in the middle of an important run of games.

What the Hoops boss may decide to do is rest Boyata for the St Johnstone game, and bring him back for the Valencia match.

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Boyata’s European experience will be vital for the match against the Spanish side. With no disrespect to the Perth Saints, the Hoops should defeat them without the Belgian.

Whatever the choice of centre-back pairing it is a good dilemma for the Hoops to have. And it will get even better when Jozo Simunovic returns to full fitness.

 

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