LISBON LION Bertie Auld reckons Brendan Rodgers should play a flanker when Celtic face Manchester City in their Champions League crunch at Parkhead on Wednesday.

The 78-year-old former midfield schemer recalled the days when the Hoops possessed Jimmy Johnstone who could terrorise any defence.

But Auld has also been impressed by current wide Bhoys Scott Sinclair, Patrick Roberts and James Forrest.

Former City winger Sinclair has scored in each of his first six league games while a rejuvenated Forrest hit his fifth goal of the season in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Kilmarnock.

Auld said: “You need width and Jock Stein made sure we had that with Jimmy, John ‘Yogi’ Hughes and, at times, Bobby Lennox. Big Jock had options and he switched it about.

“I still feel we need a couple of players, but I like Sinclair and big centre-forward Moussa Dembele, who is starting to look the part.

“Sinclair is the type of player Celtic supporters love, someone who is going to take it from defence to attack and get past players.

“Brendan has got a bit of life about Forrest, he has brought him back and he is starting to believe in himself.”

With Dembele and Leigh Griffiths scoring 18 goals between them, the Hoops have two serious contenders for the central striker’s role.

Auld added: “Even right-back Mikael Lustig is scoring goals from set-pieces. We have options and that’s what football is all about, scoring goals.”

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