Further defensive headaches for Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers faces more defensive headaches for Sunday’s Ladbrokes Premiership encounter with Hamilton.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNS

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: SNS

Rodgers could be left with only one experienced and recognised centre-back in Kristoffer Ajer for the Celtic Park clash.

Jack Hendry and Marvin Compper remain out through injury while Jozo Simunovic will have a scan on the ankle injury he suffered during Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw with Suduva.

Dedryck Boyata missed the trip to Lithuania amid continuing uncertainty over his future and Rodgers had not spoken to the Belgian before his Friday media conference.

On Simunovic, Rodgers said: “He has a scan this afternoon on his ankle. He was in pain when he landed so we will have to assess that late.

“I don’t think Jack is available at the weekend. He played against Partick with a really, really sore ankle. In fairness to him he put himself out there to play and he was in too much pain. So he will probably come into training at the beginning of the week.”

Striker Odsonne Edouard will also miss the visit of Accies through injury but Rodgers revealed the Frenchman was a “possibility” for the second leg against Suduva, which falls three days before a league clash with Rangers.

“He will be back early next week,” Rodgers said. “He’s been a big miss for us, there’s no doubt. I think our pre-season started great, we were working on a shape and a structure that gave us a couple of strikers in the team and he is a real link player within that.

“Some of our football was very, very good in that period. He gets injured and it’s been a little bit broken from that.

“So it’ll be great to have him back. He gives us numerous options because of his qualities and his football intelligence.”