Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has explained why Charly Musonda and Marvin Compper haven’t been getting as much game time with the Hoops as expected.
Both players arrived at the club during the January transfer window, with Musonda’s arrival on-loan from Chelsea in particularly drawing a lot of praise from supporters.
But neither player has managed to force his way into Rodgers’ starting XI on a regular basis, with Compper’s only start coming in the Scottish Cup against Morton.
We told you last week how Celtic fans were beginning to seriously question why both players were being frozen out, and now the club’s manager has addressed the issue.
Speaking his media conference ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final showdown with Rangers on Sunday, Rodgers said via the Sun: “It was difficult for Marvin because he was injured in Dubai during the winter break, which put him out for a while.
“During that period young Kris has come into the team and been absolutely outstanding. So there have been others ahead of Marvin.
“His qualities are pretty clear for us, his experience and his way of working with the younger guys in training.
“Of course he wants to play as well but these aren’t fitness games we’re playing.
“I’m certainly not sentimental. We need to pick a team that gets the results. I’ll make a change if I don’t like the way we’re playing.
“It’s always been irrespective of age for me. When I first came in Kris was a midfielder and I thought his best position would be centre-half.
“Maybe in Norway he could play midfield but he has big possibilities at centre half.
“I knew he wasn’t going to get the games there for me at first, so we loaned him to Kilmarnock to get that positional experience.
“But it was more so he had to head the ball, because I knew he would be under pressure at Kilmarnock.
“That’s important if he’s going to do well in the British game.
“He did well there, came back to us and looked as if he’d developed as a man. Then it was just about timing and when to put him in.
“He did well in some of the Champions League qualifiers but still needed more time to develop. Now he’s in the team with a better understanding of the position.
“He has everything. His potential is huge. He’s 6ft 5, quick, can play football. He’s a very bright boy as well, he knows there’s still a lot of learning for him.
“He’s got this great hunger to get better, which I love in players, and he’s not even 20 yet.
“Marvin is a good guy, I like him. Hopefully in his time here he gets a chance to show his qualities. But that’s only if other players aren’t playing so well.
“It’s a different type of loan for Charly compared to when he went to Spain and had to succeed straight away.
“Here he has 18 months to settle in, find the way of working and realising the pressures of a big club.
It remains to be seen if either player will be thrown into the weekend’s white-hot atmosphere at Hampden, but what do you make of Rodgers’ comments?