Rodgers must not risk Celtic crocks at Hamilton

By Connor Gordon

November 23, 2018

Brendan Rodgers will have to decide whether to field Celtic’s returning injury players at Hamilton.

The boss has been critical of plastic pitches since joining the club in 2016.

The Scottish Sun report that major first team stars are back with the likes of Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths in training.

With the pitch being untrustworthy and the number of injuries Celtic have had, the obvious choice must be to rest the returnees.

Schedule should help Rodgers, not hinder

The Bhoys have a gruelling calendar until the end of the year with 12 games to play.

December sees Celtic contest three games in nine days following next Thursday’s Rosenborg tie.

Celtic start long run of games against Rosenborg on Thursday evening. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Squad rotation will be at its highest all season and every player will be called upon.

Risking the crocks against Hamilton will cause more problems than it solves.

On paper, Celtic should ease past the Accies without much bother.

Silly injuries shouldn’t be risked or extended by selecting unfit players.

Hamilton’s hammer throwers could cause injuries

Hamilton sit second bottom on the Premiership fair play table, showing their aggressive side.

Martin Canning’s side have received 28 yellow cards and three reds this season.

Martin Canning must control players like Darian MacKinnon on Saturday. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Accies cost themselves against Rangers recently, giving two penalties to the Glasgow side in the final 10 minutes.

The pressure was too much towards the end of the game and there was nothing the red and white hoops could do other than use brutal force.

Plastic pitch has previous on Celtic

Scotland manager Alex McLeish blamed Livingston’s plastic pitch for Kieran Tierney’s omission for the recent Nations League games.

Celtic drew 0-0 at Almondvale – stopping their run of four consecutive wins.

Rodgers also blamed Kilmarnock’s ‘horrendous surface’ for losing there last season.

Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park is the worst plastic pitch he has experienced. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The manager also called on the SPFL to scrap plastic in the premier division.

Accies will use their surface as an extra player on Saturday so Celtic must be wary.

Rodgers has the players to beat them without risking the likes of Brown and Griffiths.

Playing them could have disastrous consequences in future.