Wednesday 13 December 2017

Rodgers tight-lipped on Palestine flags

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire Newsdesk Newsdesk

Dozens of Palestine flags were displayed during Celtic's 5-2 first-leg win on Wednesday, many of them in the new safe standing section at Parkhead.

Celtic were fined about £16,000 two years ago after a Palestine flag was displayed at a Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik.

The UEFA rule in question forbids the use of "gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature".

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was non-committal when asked about possible UEFA sanctions.

He said: "I leave that to the club. They have obviously, probably, had issues over a number of years with certain aspects of that.

"But it is nothing for me. I am looking forward to the second leg and going to Israel. I have never been there. It is a beautiful country, good people.

"I have worked with a number of Israeli players and they are always respectful so I am looking forward to the game."

Meanwhile, Patrick Roberts is back in contention for Celtic's Ladbrokes Premiership clash with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park today.

The Hoops winger returns from a hamstring injury quicker than expected while new signing Dorus de Vries has trained this week after recovering from an ankle complaint.

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