Injury-hit Celtic missing three key players for Champions League clash

Kolo Toure, Jozo Simunovic and Leigh Griffiths unfit for Borussia Mönchengladbach tie

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during training: he is without Kolo Toure, Jozo Simunovic and Leigh Griffiths for Celtic’s Champions League encounter with  Borussia Mönchengladbach. Photograph:   Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during training: he is without Kolo Toure, Jozo Simunovic and Leigh Griffiths for Celtic’s Champions League encounter with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

 

Celtic have had to travel to Germany without Kolo Toure, Jozo Simunovic and Leigh Griffiths for their Champions League encounter with Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday night.

Toure had been struggling with a thigh problem and missed Saturday’s victory over Aberdeen but the absence of Simunovic is a major surprise.

The Croatian kept his fourth clean sheet in a row after coming in alongside Erik Sviatchenko for the 1-0 Scottish Premiership win at Pittodrie.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers indicated after the game that the pair would be his regular partnership but assistant Chris Davies has said that the 22-year-old would not be risked in a second game in four days after returning from an eight-month knee injury lay-off in September.

Without Tierney

Kieran Tierney

Davies, quoted on Celtic’s official website, said: “Leigh Griffiths is not very well. He wasn’t at training so he won’t be travelling out. Jozo Simunovic is building up his progression back into the team. He was out for a long time so he won’t travel.”

Slight issue

Eoghan O’Connell could now feature alongside Sviatchenko and Rodgers has the option of playing right-back Mikael Lustig in the centre with Cristian Gamboa able to come in.

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