Brendan Rodgers: ‘My biggest qualifying challenge at Celtic so far’

Brendan Rodgers Manager of Celtic acknowledges the fans after the first leg UEFA Champions League Qualifier match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park Stadium

Brendan Rodgers Manager of Celtic acknowledges the fans after the first leg UEFA Champions League Qualifier match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park Stadium

However, the 45-year-old was quick to quash the circulating rumours with a straight bat, as he claimed, "I've got three years left of my contract here and I love everyday of my life at Celtic", and he now wants to turn his attentions to a monster Champions League qualification match on Tuesday night.

"Despite Dedryck's love for Celtic fans, he can not put his future and his family's future in danger by playing without being 100 percent", Lichtenstein said.

Strange, because the club apparently does not have the money to make Dedryck a dignified new contract proposal, and Dedryck is now slightly injured.

Boyata, 27, joined Celtic from Manchester City in 2015.

"Dedryck's agent turned up [on Friday] at the training ground", said Rodgers. All I want is for us to improve every aspect of the club.

"It is clear we want to keep him but, probably right for him, he wanted to wait until after the World Cup to see how it went".

Hearts' Kyle Lafferty celebrates at full time.

This attack is the latest in the line of bad news that Celtic have endured over the course of the last week, in which their Champions League hopes were dealt a blow as they were held to a 1-1 third-qualifying round draw at home by AEK Athens.

"I am absolutely positive he could do both but today he did make changes and it was another thing, along with our form, along with recent performances here against Celtic - positive thoughts for us to go into the game absolutely believing we had a chance of winning".

"Given the quality of the squad we have, we are more than capable of scoring goals". It's a disappointing result for us.

Insisting reports of a rift between manager Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic board have had no bearing on the dressing room, the £1.5million signing from Dundee added: 'I haven't heard anything about and I'm sure the lads aren't taking any notice of it either.

After it, those responsible for Hearts' Twitter account used the opportunity to poke fun at the comments Brendan Rodgers made about their pitch last season - more specifically, the length of its grass.

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