Date: 25th July 2018 at 7:00am
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Brendan Rodgers is set to hand fringe Celtic player Cristian Gamboa a rare start in the Hoops this evening against Rosenborg at Celtic Park, according to The Daily Mail.

The Norwegian champions visit Glasgow tonight in the second round of UEFA Champions League qualifying, with a future third round tie against AEK Athens at stake.

Dedryck Boyata, Mikael Lustig, Marvin Compper and Jozo Simunovic are all unavailable for the fixture for a variety of reasons, meaning Rodgers will have to go deep into his squad for an answer.

The Daily Mail say that answer comes in the form of Cristian Gamboa, who is set for a start on the right side of defence alongside Jack Hendry, Kristoffer Ajer and Kieran Tierney.

Gamboa made just three appearances in total last season and hasn’t played for the club since a 0-0 draw at home to St Johnstone in February.

He has however made appearances this summer for Costa Rica in the World Cup, starting all three of their group stage matches at the tournament in Russia.

Despite his lack of first-team action at Celtic, he’s never really looked terrible at right-back and should have enough quality to see through the game against Rosenborg, in fact it could be the perfect route back to more regular action for the 28-year-old.

Celtic have been on the hunt for a new right-back this summer, but can Gamboa prove his career at Celtic Park is not quite finished yet?

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