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Lardot in charge of Rosenborg v Celtic

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UEFA have appointed Jonathan Lardot to take charge of the Rosenborg v Celtic Champions League qualifier.

The 33-year-old Belgian was the man in the middle when Celtic won 4-1 away to Stjarnan two years ago in the Champions League.

Lardot has expensive experience of under-age international matches but has only refereed one Champions League qualifier and one Europa League qualifier since the Stjarnan tie.

The 33-year-old is one of eight officials selected by the Belgian FA to train to become semi-professional as they attempt to raise the standard of refereeing.

Belgium’s head of refereeing Johan Verbist said: “We intend to work intensively on their pre-match preparation, match analysis and coaching.

“We hope to improve the skills of every single one of those match officials. But we won’t just be helping our semi-professional referees. All of our referees are equally important to us, and we will obviously continue to support the others as well.”

A 33-year-old referee won’t take up too much of Brendan Rodgers time as he prepares for a match in which Celtic must score in or at best look forward to a penalty shoot out.

Much of Rodgers’ plans will depend on the fitness of Leigh Griffiths for the match with Moussa Dembele out of action for a month with a hamstring knock.

If Griffiths fails to prove his fitness Rodgers is likely to go with James Forrest or Jonny Hayes through the middle with Tom Rogic restored to a more natural attacking midfield role.

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