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GORDON BACKS BRENDAN

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CRAIG GORDON believes Brendan Rodgers will get Celtic back on track when they play Dundee at Parkhead on Saturday.

The international stars are returning to Lennoxtown after their exertions for their countries during the week.

Gordon faced Slovenia along with team-mate Kieran Tierney and Leigh Griffiths on Sunday while colleagues such as Mikael Lustig and Tom Rogic were engaged elsewhere.

Now the focus is back on the Premiership and Gordon said: “We’ll get the squad back together at Celtic and we have a very busy time coming up.

“We’ll have to recover and be prepared for a lot of matches over the next period.

“Of course, it is tiring for the boys who are playing at international level, with European club football and also domestic football.

“There are some who are doing more miles than others. Some are doing more travelling.

“But it’s up to the manager to rotate the squad and give people rests when he can and when he feels that it is the right time, while still being able to maintain the winning record.

“It’s a juggling act for him, but we have good players.

“That’s why we have international players, that’s the reason why we do so well domestically because we have so many top internationals, so it works both ways.”

Although Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong are injured, influential stars such as Gordon, Griffiths, Tierney, James Forrest and Callum McGregor were involved with Scotland.

Jozo Simunovic was forced to sit out Bosnia’s matches, but Lustig, Dedryck Boyata and Cristian Gamboa were racking up the air miles with Sweden, Belgium and Costa Rica respectively.

Aussie Rogic had to tracel to Syndney to face Syria in his nation’s 2-1 victory to set up a play-off with Emilio Izaguirre’s Honduras next month.

Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham were also away with France’s Under-21 side.

Following Saturday’s Premiership encounter against Dundee, Bayern Munich will have to be challenged in the Champions League double header.

The Hoops will also face a Betfred League Cup semi-final against Hibs and a trip to Pittodrie for a top-of-the-table title showdown with Aberdeen in between the two crunch Euro dates.

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