Could Eboue Kouassi's Celtic career be kick-started following Hearts defeat

A general view of the ground ahead of the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Inverness Caley Thistle at Celtic Park on May 24, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic need to make some changes for the next game and the young midfielder deserves a shot.

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

Celtic's unbeaten run finally came to an end when they lost 4-0 to Hearts on Sunday, leaving Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers with some decisions to make; and with another game later this week it could be the perfect chance for youngster Eboue Kouassi to stake a claim of his own.

The 20-year-old has only managed four appearances in all competitions for Celtic this season, after featuring five times last season, but this could be the ideal time for the young Ivorian to prove his worth, with the Bhoys potentially making changes to a side that was torn apart having gone the previous 69 matches without defeat.

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Kouassi arrived at Celtic Park with a big reputation and he has the innate talent to be a big hit in Scotland. Yet to do that he will need to play regularly and, if he is given a chance against Partick Thistle on Wednesday, he could use that game to kick-start his Bhoys career.

The former Krasnodar player had a shaky start to life in Scotland, with his early performances suggesting he was going to take some time to settle in his new surroundings.

Brendan Rodgers, coach of Celtic looks on during a Celtic training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Anderlecht at Lennoxtown Training Ground on December 4,...

That said, he should now have his feet under the table and he deserves to show if he can do a better job than the midfielders that could not get a foothold on the game last weekend.

Players often benefit from the misfortune of others and, if Rodgers believes the time is right, Kouassi could be ready to show Celtic fans what he can do.

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