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Rodgers rules out Moussa Dembele and Dedryck Boyata against PSG

Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 4, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

Celtic will take on Paris Saint-Germain at Celtic Park in the Champions League next month.

Celtic Team Bus arrives , Moussa Dembele walks into Celtic Park before the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Second Round,Second Leg match between Celtic and Linfield at Celtic Park Stadium...

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested to The Scottish Sun that Moussa Dembele could miss the Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain next month.

The Scottish Premiership giants will feature in the group stage of the Champions League for the second season in a row in 2017-18.

The Hoops’ opening Group B fixture is against French powerhouse PSG at Celtic Park on September 12.

Dembele is on the sidelines at the moment with a hamstring problem, having played just two games since suffering the injury during the Scottish Cup semi-final tie against Old Firm rivals Rangers in April.

Celtic's Dedryck Boyata celebrates winning the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic manager Rodgers has suggested that the French striker, who is one of the best young players in his position in Europe, will not play against PSG.

The former Liverpool and Swansea City manager has also ruled defender Dedryck Boyata out of the clash against PSG; the centre-back has a knee problem.

“I’m not sure whether that first group game will be too early for him but it looks like it,” Rodgers told The Scottish Sun about Dembele. “He’s progressing well but what’s important is that he gets back for the remainder of the season.”

About Boyata, Rodgers said: “He has only come out on to the training pitch for the last few days and will probably be out until the middle of September.”

Rodgers’ comments about Dembele and Boyata will be disappointing for Celtic fans, as the duo would have enhanced the Hoops’ chances of getting something from the match against PSG.

PSG will head into the match against Celtic as firm favourites, and without Dembele or Boyata, the Glasgow giants are going to find it hard to win.

Nir Bitton (C) of Celtic is tracked by Josh Windass (L) and Rob Kiernan (R) of Rangers during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 23,...

Meanwhile, Rodgers has defended Nir Bitton for his performance against FC Astana away from home in the second leg of the Champions League playoff tie earlier this week.

Bitton is a defensive midfielder by trade, but the Israel international was deployed as a centre-back due to injuries.

“The one player I want to mention is Nir Bitton,” Rodgers told The Scottish Sun. “I think the stuff that has been said about him has been absolutely incredible.

“I have seen people talk about what we should have had and blah, blah, blah, forgetting that we had three of our main central defenders injured and I do not have a magic wand to just spring up a centre-half.”

“I hear and I read and I see the guy getting absolutely killed, which I find unbelievable,” added Rodgers.

“It is a midfield player playing at the back. People talked about a £30million risk. We might not be here for £30m if it wasn’t for him.”

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