AEK Athens v Celtic

Ross Houston
August 13, 2018

The club have been in negotiation with Dedryck's agent from previous year.

John Hartson has explained he thinks Celtic will need to deliver an nearly ideal performance when they travel to Greek side AEK Athens on Tuesday night for the second leg of their third round Champions League qualifier.

Tuesday's match provides a welcome opportunity for Rodgers and his Celtic side to silence the critics, at least for now, and bring a much-needed lift to Hoops' fans and the former Liverpool boss alike.

AEK Athens will be without defensive midfielder Galanopoulos who is suspended for this tie after being sent off in Glasgow last week.

The Scottish champions would be back in the market for a centre-back if the move goes through, having lost a key player. The goal was unfortunate and we need to bounce back from that.

He said: "I haven't had dealings with Dedryck's agent, it has all been through the club".

"We are slightly behind in the tie so we have to go there and be very positive and we've definitely got the players and the team capable of going there and winning the game".

"It's a tough one but we have to go there and put in an nearly flawless performance", Hartson wrote on his personal Twitter account. There was one good finish in the game and that was the difference, so I don't think we can go looking for too many excuses.

"We will see over the next couple of days".

Insisting reports of a rift between manager Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic board have had no bearing on the dressing room, the £1.5million signing from Dundee added: 'I haven't heard anything about and I'm sure the lads aren't taking any notice of it either. The French striker has not played since the 3-0 win against Alashkert in the first qualifying round, but has made the trip to Athens.

But it seems he will be asked to make his return ahead of schedule, as Rodgers seeks the result which can maintain his hopes of managing in the group stages for a third successive season.

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