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‘SCOTT HAS ROLE TO PLAY,’ HOOPS BOSS

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SCOTT SINCLAIR still has a crucial role to play for Celtic this season – that’s the verdict of Brendan Rodgers.

The Hoops boss has changed the system as he approaches a new campaign with Moussa Dembele playing just ahead of his fellow-Frenchman Odsonne Edouard.

That has left Sinclair, the club’s top scorer with 18 goals last term on the substitutes’ bench and Rodgers reckons his £4.5million signing from Aston Villa in the summer of 2016, may have to adapt his game.

He said: “The beauty of the team now is that we can play in different systems.

“Where will Scott play in this system? It depends, but he can play inside one, up front.

“It’s just important that he’s back to working the way he was. And he has been great in pre-season.

“It’s a long campaign. We’ll play
 different systems and it will be about what we feel a specific game needs.

“We want to attack more this season and be more aggressive.

“I’ve been really pleased in the early part of this season in terms of how that has evolved.”

The Irishman acknowledged he will need every player available to him for the two legs against Rosenborg in the
 Champions League
 second qualifying round.

The Parkhead outfit overcame the stubborn Norwegians a year ago to reach the play-offs thanks to a solitary James Forrest strike in Trondheim.

Despite a suspension, injuries and players returning from the World Cup, the 
manager believes his squad is 
better equipped this time around.

He added: “Rosenborg have had a few changes, but how they play is exactly the same – it has been that way for a number of years. They go 4-3-3 and try to work the ball.

“Any game at this stage is tough, but we’ll look to take an advantage from the home leg on 
Wednesday over to Norway.

“You see the 
fitness levels of our players and the 
condition they’re in. They look strong
and very focused.”

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