After the dust settled on Sunday’s game I considered the four central defenders we fielded. Acknowledging his poor performance, Brendan Rodgers reminded us Dedryck Boyata was just back from injury and will improve. Jozo Simunovic coasted through the game but got drawn into the spate of off the ball acts which was a feature of the game.
Kris Ajar (19) continued his excellent recent form, while Jack Hendry (22) didn’t miss a beat when introduced after Jozo’s red card. There will be tougher challenges ahead, but these two are more than comfortable at this level and have a genuine claim to a starting place at Hampden.
The Morton game a week earlier gave Marvin Compper an opportunity to show how match-fit he is – not sufficiently, was the outcome. Marvin is at the club to bring experience and stability to the defensive line. Our four games before the split are all against lower half of the league opposition. The German international must be given plenty of game time in the coming month.
What our central defence will look like for the qualifiers remains an open book. All five players discussed above are under consideration. I expect comings and goings throughout the window in this area too. Brendan will expect Marvin to play a significant part, but it will be a battle for all of them; which is a good thing.