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Will £2.8m Eboue Kouassi start for Celtic on Thursday?

Celtic's Kouassi Eboue (C) looks on during a training session at the Celtic Training Centre in Lennoxtown, Scotland on October 30, 2017, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group B...

Will Eboue Kouassi be given a full Celtic debut in European competition tomorrow?

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Dani Alves (L) fights for the ball with Celtic's midfielder Kouassi Eboue during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Paris...

A year on from joining Celtic and fans of the Parkhead club still aren't sure about Eboue Kouassi.

The Ivorian midfielder joined the Hoops in a £3 million deal last January but a bout of malaria, coupled with the form of others, has meant that the 20-year-old has had little chance to showcase his talent.

But Kouassi has been playing more and more in recent weeks and Thursday's visit of Zenit St Petersburg could be the perfect stage to show what all the fuss is about.

Eboue Kouassi of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

With Stuart Armstrong still injured and Tom Rogic unfit, manager Brendan Rodgers might well give Kouassi his first start in European competition for the Hoops.

He had a 22-minute cameo in the 7-1 mauling at Paris Saint-Germain back in November and offered very little that night it has to be said, but nobody in green did.

Eboue Kouassi of Celtic is seen during a Celtic training session at Lennoxtown Training Centre near Glasgow on March 9, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Northern Irish manager reassured fans over Kouassi's talent in January when he claimed that he has the ability to be Scott Brown's long-term successor at Parkhead, and a solid showing against the Russians would certainly add weight to Rodgers's bold claims.

He isn't guaranteed to start, but he started alongside Brown and Olivier Ntcham in midfield against Kilmarnock 10 days ago and if Kouassi is given a chance, he must make sure that he takes it with both hands.

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