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Feyenoord resist urge to 'punch' Kyogo as Celtic hero reassured old school tactics are out the window

Feyenoord boss Arne Slot says his side won't be looking to take advantage of Kyogo's shoulder injury - even if one of his old school assistants might have back in his day.

Celtic travel to Rotterdam for their Champions League opener on Tuesday night and top scorer Kyogo has been declared fit by Brendan Rodgers. And Slot admits that news comes as a disappointment as he knows full well what a threat the Japanese star carries.

Speaking at his press conference he was asked if his side might look to "test" his shoulder injury which briefly recurred during their win over Dundee as he required treatment in the tunnel during the first half. But Slot laughed that off, though he did admit his 60-year-old coach John de Wolf might have handled it differently back when he was playing.

He chuckled before responding: "I read that Rodgers said he is able to play which is quite unfortunate. I wouldn't mind if he didn't start, because he is a very good player for Celtic. I already thought he was a good player in Japan, I think he was a right winger back then. He is one of their best players so we always have to be aware of his threat.

"We are not a team that is going to do something which will hurt him so he has to go out. One of my assistants, John de Wolf, he says he would have punched it in the tunnel before the game, back when he was a player. At least that's what he tells me all the time, how that went when they played.

"But I don't think this is realistic in modern football with VAR. We're not going to use that tactic, what we try to use is to defend him at as best as we can. We know how good he is in the transition moments and when Celtic have the ball, so we will inform our defenders about his qualities and not his injury."

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