Celtic return to the bread and butter of the Scottish Premiership as they entertain Dundee this weekend.

The champions currently top the table on goal difference from Motherwell.

It's the start of an exciting few days for Brendan Rodgers men as they will also kick off their Champions League group stage campaign against Dutch side Feyenoord in the De Kuip Stadium on Tuesday night.

Rodgers has been rocked by another injury blow this time to Israeli winger Liel Abada.

Abada picked up a thigh issue while taking part in shooting practice at the end of a training session with the national.

He travelled to London on Thursday for a scan but Rodgers fully expects he will be sidelined for up to four months.

Rodgers said: "It is what it is. There is an opportunity now for someone else to come in. Itโ€™s a shame for Liel because he did well over the course of pre-season and looked dangerous.

"He has qualities I like and qualities I think we can improve on. He was confident that he wanted to sign his new deal and continue his development.

โ€œSo, to be out with something that you can actually control is the frustrating thing. Control as in, โ€˜donโ€™t do the shooting exercise at the end of training.'"

However, on the plus side, the Northern Irishman could hand debuts to three new Celtic players - with on-loan Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips as well as Portuguese midfielder Paulo Bernardo and Honduran winger Luis Palma all poised to take their bow.

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Celtic will also welcome back Japanese midfielder Reo Hatate which is a massive boost ahead of Tuesday night's crunch Champions League Group E opener in Holland.

Rodgers said: "Reo Hatate is now back training with the squad, which is great news. His energy has been really good, and he has worked really hard since he picked up that injury at Aberdeen.

"I'm really pleased he's back. He is a top midfield player, and his mind is really focused now on playing in the team and doing very well.โ€

Tony Docherty's Dark Blues sit sixth in the Premiership standings after four matches on five points. This is Docherty's first crack at management on his own after spending years working alongside Derek McInnes as his number-two at St Johnstone, Bristol City, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

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