Celtic v Rosenborg: Kristoffer Ajer a doubt for Europa League opener

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Brendan Rodgers has revealed Kristoffer Ajer is a big doubt for Celtic's Europa League group B opener against Rosenborg, with the 20-year-old struggling with a virus.

Fellow defender Jozo Simunovic is also sidelined with a knee injury, but Rodgers insists he is excited for European football ahead of Thursday's clash.

Ajer looks set to miss Celtic's Europa League opener (Photo: SNS)

Ajer looks set to miss Celtic's Europa League opener (Photo: SNS)

The Hoops knocked the Norwegian outfit out of the Champions League qualifiers last month, but they failed to reach the group stages as they then lost to AEK Athens.

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The Celtic manager said: "There is always excitement going into the European competitions and this is no different. It is a real good group we are in.

"The dynamics are slightly different in terms of playing Rosenborg, previously it has been knockout and maybe the first legs have been a little bit cagey. But the difficulty of the game is still there."

Rodgers added: "Rosenborg come into the game in really good form since we last played.

"We expect a tough game. We are playing at home and like any other games against them we really want to show our quality.

"It is always a challenge and it doesn't matter how many times you play an opponent.

"We prepare well. They are a good team. We respect their qualities but we want to bring our game, our energy and quality and hopefully look to start the group with three points."