BRENDAN RODGERS admits he is in the dark regarding Cameron Carter-Vickers’ chances of playing in the crucial derby at Parkhead on Saturday.

The rugged centre-back came off in the 55th minute of Celtic’s 3-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park where Mikey Johnston notched a double to add to Paulo Bernardo’s breakthrough strike.

Carter-Vickers, who has been troubled with hamstring problems since the start of the season, was forced to come off with Stephen Welsh taking his place.

ON THE BALL…Cameron Carter-Vickers, with Brendan Rodgers in the background, before he was replaced after half-time at Dens Park.

The Hoops overcame stubborn Dundee resistance to restore their five-point advantage at the top of the Premiership with their nearest challengers playing Ross County at Ibrox tomorrow.

Asked if the USA World Cup defender would be fit to face Philippe Clement’s side at the weekend, Rodgers, speaking to Sky Sports, answered: “I don’t know, the medical team will assess him and see where we’re at in the coming days.

“Thankfully, his hamstring hasn’t gone, but he just felt a little bit tight. We’ve said to him before that if he feels anything, it’s better letting us know.

THUMB’S UP…Brendan Rodgers acknowledges the fans as the manager and players leave the Dens Park pitch.

“So, he just started to tighten up a little bit, we were able to take him off. Stephen Welsh came on and was excellent.”

Reflecting on the game, the Hoops gaffer added: “You come up here on Christmas night and you come away from your family. I thought from the very first whistle, the mentality from the team was excellent.

“We could’ve been in front by half time. I think anything Dundee had was from us being a little bit loose at times.

“Overall, we created many chances and we kept a clean sheet. The attitude and energy of the team was very good.”


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