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Rodgers unsure of Rogic start for Celtic

Press AssociationPress Association 17/11/2016 By Gavin McCafferty, Press Association Sport

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers admits their preparation for Friday's game at Kilmarnock has been "far from ideal" but he has urged his 14 international players to quickly shift their focus back to club duties.

Rodgers has some difficult decisions to make for the Rugby Park contest, especially with Australia midfielder Tom Rogic and Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre returning to Lennoxtown for just one day's training before the Ladbrokes Premiership encounter.

"It's something that isn't ideal," Rodgers said.

"We had 14 players away over this break, over 50 per cent of your squad are away.

"I would assume we have the most international players away yet we are the team who are playing on the Friday, which obviously means I will have to have a look at the team in terms of the set-up and the fitness of the players.

"So it's not ideal preparation. They never usually are on the back of an international break, but certainly if we had an extra day, that would have benefited us greatly."

Rodgers, however, stressed he was not complaining and pointed to the example of Moussa Dembele, who hit a double for France Under-21s in their 3-2 victory over England Under-21s.

"I'm always happy for the players to go away internationally and play," Rodgers said.

"I always say to them to focus on doing their best for their country and it sometimes keeps them ticking over in terms of minutes. And Moussa for example has scored two goals and is coming back full of confidence.

"I watched the game and he was outstanding. He could arguably have had three or four."

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