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HOOPS’ SIX FOR THE ROAD

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SIX of the Celtic players who played in Brendan Rodgers’ first competitive game for the club on July 12, 2016, are no longer at Parkhead.

The Hoops crashed to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar in the first leg of the Champions League Second Round qualifier in one of the most sensational results in history.

Rodgers saw his team turn it around with a 3-0 triumph in Glasgow before leading the side through to the group stages for the first time in three years.

However, as the club prepare for their trip to Germany to face RB Leipzig in the Europa League tomorrow night, there will be no sign of defenders Saidy Janko, Efe Ambrose and Erik Sviatchenko, midfielder Stuart Armstrong or strikers Moussa Dembele and Nadir Ciftci.

Swiss Under-21 international right-back Janko had a torrid time in the play-off against Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the second leg in Israel as the Hoops went down 2-0, but got through 5-4 on aggregate after their excellent win at Parkhead.

The former Manchester United prospect was loaned to Barnsley before the end of the August transfer window and is now with Nottingham Forest on another temporary deal following moves to St Etienne and Porto.

Ambrose has rejoined Neil Lennon at Hibs, Sviatchenko returned to FC Midtjylland while Ciftci, who ended last season on loan at Motherwell, was released at the end of the campaign.

And, of course, Armstrong sealed a £7million switch to Southampton in the summer while Dembele moved to Lyon in exchange for £19.7million just before the end of the August transfer deadline.

The team that was rocked in Gibraltar: Gordon; Janko, Ambrose, Sviatchenko, Tierney; Brown, Bitton, Rogic (sub: Armstrong), Christie (sub: Forrest); Dembele (sub: Ciftci), Griffiths.

 
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