Celtic v Dundee preview: Brendan Rodgers without several key players
Last Updated: 13/10/17 12:36pm
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is likely to be without several players for the visit of Dundee in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday.
Midfielders Stuart Armstrong (calf) and Scott Brown (hamstring) and defender Jozo Simunovic (hamstring tear) are set to miss out with a view to having them ready for next week's Champions League game against Bayern Munich in Germany.
Defender Anthony Ralston is still recovering from a slight tear to his meniscus, Australia international Tom Rogic does not return from international duty until the day before the Dundee game and will rest while defender Erik Sviatchenko and midfielder Eboue Kouassi (both knee) are still working their way back to full fitness.
Celtic's drive for success sees them face a gruelling fixture list this month but boss Rodgers would not have it any other way.
Following the international break the Scottish champions play six matches before the end of October including a Champions League double-header against Bayern Munich and a Betfred Cup semi-final against Hibernian.
Rodgers is now used to the demands made on the treble winners.
"If you are doing well that's what it brings," said the Northern Irishman, who recently picked up the Ladbrokes Premiership manager of the month award for September.
"The programme of games since we came back in June has been very demanding.
"But we have a medical team here who work together very closely with the players in order to bring out the best possible team to get the results in every game we play.
"A huge amount of credit goes to the players for their ability to adapt and perform in whatever competition they are playing in and to try to bring the very best out in every game.
"What we are clear on is that success just doesn't happen, you have to work at it."
- Dundee have lost 21 of their last 26 games against Celtic in the league, winning none (D5).
- Of Dundee's last nine league trips to Celtic Park, they have scored just two goals, conceding a total of 28 (3.1 goals conceded per game).
- Celtic are currently unbeaten in 47 Scottish Premiership matches (W41 D6).