Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers plays down Scott Brown injury


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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has played down Scott Brown’s injury after he limped off against Shamrock Rovers.

The Scotland international was hoping to improve his fitness ahead of the new campaign but he was forced after just 32 minutes.

Brown limped down the tunnel with his knee heavily strapped and many fans feared he could be a doubt for the new season.

Celtic take on Linfield in Belfast on Friday night but Rodgers insists Brown is currently struggling with an Achilles injury and he was brought off as a precaution.

He told The Herald: “Browny had a sore Achilles, the surface was very good but he just felt his Achilles. “He should be fine.

He’s been fine until today. There’s no need to risk and that’s one of the key elements to pre-season games.”

Rodgers has already lost defender Dedryck Boyata to injury after he suffered ruptured knee ligaments last week but his side still ran out 9-0 winners against Shamrock.

Stuart Armstrong and Scott Sinclair both scored braces, while Mikael Lustig, Moussa Dembele, James Forrest, Jonny Hayes and Tom Rogic also notched to secure a comfortable victory.

After their qualifying clash with Linfield, Rodgers will continue to prepare his side for their first Scottish Premiership clash of the new campaign.

Celtic will take on Hearts on the first day of the season and they are the heavy 1.25 favourites to win, with the draw 5.50, while the visitors are priced at 11.00 to grab all three points.

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