Brendan Rodgers is preparing to test some of Celtic’s younger talent against Partick Thistle tonight and over the rest of the Christmas period.
The Hoops have played five of their nine fixtures in December’s busy schedule, with Rodgers already giving some first-team player’s a rest within that time.
Players such as Ryan Christie and Gary Mackay-Steven have already been given opportunities this month, and it looks like the manager could be looking further into the squad in order to keep players fresh and injury free.
As quoted by the Daily Mail, Rodgers said:
I probably will look at some young players.
Coming here, my vision was based on three fundamental principles. One — to win as many titles as we possibly can. Two — to win by playing an attacking, aggressive brand of football. Three — to have young players from the academy base in here.
We’ve had some players in, but it would be nice to look at one or two of the others and see how they cope with the pressure.
That’s always been my way. I look for the now, but I look to the future as well, so there may be an opportunity for one or two of the younger boys.’
Celtic currently sit top of the Premiership table by a margin of eleven points with two games in hand, and are still unbeaten domestically.
With four more games to go until a much needed three week break, it’s almost certain that some of the younger talent at the club will get an opportunity to impress in the upcoming games.
Rodgers’ side face Partick Thistle tonight (Tuesday) in another home fixture, just eleven days after defeating them 4-1 at Firhill Stadium. They will then face an away trip to New Douglas Park to face Hamilton Academical on Christmas Eve.