Three tactical alternatives available to Rodgers at Celtic after Simunovic injury blow

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A back three of Lustig, Boyata and Tierney

A back three is something that Brendan Rodgers has experimented with multiple times in domestic football so far this season and it’s mostly worked. Perhaps the strangest aspect of it though is that it’s usually featured two natural full-backs, with Mikael Lustig and Kieran Tierney both dropping in to play either of a central defender.

This has freed up another attacking option at the other end of the pitch and while it was a formation that the Hoops looked uncomfortable with last season, this term it seems to have finally clicked.

With Dedryck Boyata they would have a solid anchor who is looking in top form since his recent return from injury, putting in supreme performances against Rangers and Anderlecht.

The downside of using this defensive line is that it constrains the best attacking attributes of Tierney, who looks most impressive when in the opposition half on the left flank. He has shown proficiency as a centre-back though, so there are no question marks there, at least domestically.

Against Bayern Munich though? This option could leave them exposed, especially away from home.

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