Celtic vs Rosenborg: Simunovic red card gives Brendan Rogers defensive headache

Celtic skipper Scott Brown hopes for Rosenborg improvement

In between the first two goals, Parkhead defender Jozo Simunovic was shown a straight red card by referee Haratiu Fesnic for a high challenge on Jefferson Reis, but the home side remained in control even after Dembele went straight up the tunnel in the 65th minute after being replaced by Ryan Christie.

And with Simunovic suspended and fellow centre back Marvin Compper still injured, and Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig not back from World Cup duty, Rodgers expects another tough tie, with the first match at Celtic Park next Wednesday night.

But he had no issue with Romanian ref Horatiu Fesnic's decision to send Simunovic packing - claiming the outcome was nearly inevitable in Europe.

'It gives us a problem but that's all it's been for us.

'Marvin has a problem with his adductor, so we'll see how that is, but it's highly unlikely he'll be available.

He said: "In European football, it's always hard when your foot is that high".

'The ball was popped back at him quickly and he's raised his boot which has caught their player. It was the same player who elbowed Kieran Tierney in the face.

"We have not looked at them yet", the former Arsenal striker said following Rosenborg's 3-2 aggregate victory over Icelandic side Valur, as reported by Daily Record.

'He tried to cushion the header back to his team-mate and it's come back to him quickly.

And, according to Belgian daily DH, Boyata wants to make sure he joins a club who are befitting of the level he operated at in Russian Federation, and his entourage have had interest from clubs in Italy, France and Spain. The important thing was how we dealt with it, we were really calm and weren't flustered, we still tried to attack the game.

The action tapered off from then on, with Dembele clutching the back of his leg on the turf before departing a concern for Rodgers ahead of the next week's home leg in the second qualifying round, where the Scottish champions will face Norwegian counterparts Rosenborg.

Rosenborg striker Nicklas Bendtner is looking forward to getting revenge over Celtic following last season's narrow loss, and he reckons knowing how Brendan Rodgers' men play will be an advantage. I think it will be a different match than previous year.

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