Kristoffer Ajer was in the wars against St Mirren on FridayBBC coverageHow to follow:Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online; text commentary on the BBC Sport websiteKristoffer Ajer is “a big doubt” for Celtic’s Europa League Group B opener against Rosenberg because of a virus, manager Brendan Rodgers says.Another centre-back, Jozo Simunovic, remains sidelined with a knee injury, so Jack Hendry could come back into the starting line-up.Hendry returns to the squad after recovering from a knee injury picked up against Partick Thistle on 18 August.Rosenborg’s departure from Norway was delayed because of storms in Scotland.It meant that Rini Coolen’s side trained in glorious sunshine at their own Lerkendal Stadium in Trondheim on Wednesday – and not at Celtic Park as planned.Rosenborg striker Issam Jebali did not think that the disruption to their schedule would hinder their chances of gaining revenge over a side that have knocked them out of the Champions League qualifiers twice in the last three years.”It is a 50-50 game,” the 26-year-old Tunisian said while undaunted by the prospect of facing a large home support. “Celtic are a big club, but I have played in the African Champions League, which also has crowds of 60,000-70,000.”Jebali, who scored a stoppage-time winner in Sunday’s 3-2 win away to Valerenga, said Rosenborg are full of confidence after retaining their two-point lead at the top of the Eliteserien.Rodgers has, meanwhile, urged his players to improve their finishing after Celtic were held to a 0-0 draw at St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership on Friday.He says the second-tier Europa League is where the Glasgow side deserve to be after failing to reach the group stage of the Champions League.But he remains enthused by the prospect of playing on the European stage, with their opener being at home to the Norwegians, who they have knocked out in the Champions League qualifiers twice in the past three years.”There is always excitement going into the European competitions and this is no different,” Rodgers said. “It is a real good group we are in.”The dynamics are slightly different in terms of playing Rosenborg. “Previously, it has been knockout and maybe the first legs have been a little bit cagey, but the difficulty of the game is still there.”Rosenborg come into the game in really good form.”Rodgers does not think that being so familiar with Coolen’s side will necessarily be an advantage.”It’s always a challenge,” he added. “It doesn’t matter how many times you play an opponent.”Their system’s very clear, it’s very defined. They’ve got good balance in their team, clear identity, very structured, but also they’ve got very good individual players.”Match factsRosenborg are unbeaten in 11 games since losing to Celtic in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier on 25 JulyCeltic are unbeaten in six games since losing to AEK Athens in their Champions League play-offRosenborg have won seven games in a row and have overtaken Brann at the top of the Eliteserien.Celtic are second in the Scottish Premiership, five points behind HeartsCeltic have won five of their eight meetings with Rosenborg, losing once, scoring 10 goals and conceding fiveRosenborg have lost three times and drawn once at Celtic ParkCeltic are without a home win in 10 European group stage fixturesRosenborg and Celtic are two of 12 reigning national champions competing in the Europa League group stage
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