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Brendan Rodgers to hand Celtic's starlets chance to shine against Partick Thistle

By Robert Jones

Celtic fans should expect to see some potential stars of the future involved against Partick Thistle tonight, according to boss Brendan Rodgers.

The champions are in the middle of a punishing nine-game December schedule but their 2-1 home win over Dundee on Saturday took them 11 points clear of Rangers at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership once again, and they have two games in hand over the Ibrox men.

With such a commanding lead on the back of a 20-game unbeaten domestic run, the Ulsterman is ready to draft in some of his Under-20 squad for the visit of basement boys Jags.

Forward Jack Aitchison became Celtic's youngest ever player and scorer when he came off the bench at the age of 16 to notch in the 7-0 home win over Motherwell at the end of last season, under Ronny Deila.

Defender Anthony Ralston also made his debut under the Norwegian and the 18-year-old came on against Motherwell in the Betfred Cup in August.

Rodgers, who will have skipper Scott Brown back from suspension, said: "I can have a look and see if there are any younger players who can come in.

"My job coming here was to win trophies, to play attacking football the Celtic way and to bring young players through.

"So we will look to see if there are any young players we can look at over the next few games."

Defender Erik Sviatchenko welcomed the introduction of fresh blood into the squad.

The 25-year-old Denmark defender said: "Celtic are really keen on having young players coming through the ranks and if it is opportunities like now then I welcome them warmly."

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