'Celtic can beat Leipzig at home', says Rodgers

Elena Summers
October 28, 2018

Manager Brendan Rodgers was without some influential figures in the European fixture with Leipzig, which saw him hand starts to fringe players Ryan Christie and Lewis Morgan.

'Unfortunately Dedryck Boyata, who I thought was outstanding for us tonight, won't be available at the weekend for us.

"It is pretty clear they are a very good side", Rodgers said of Thursday's opponents.

Their opposition on Sunday will be handed a boost by the fact that they ran out 1-0 winners when the two sides met in the Premiership back in August, as they work towards converting their solid start into major silverware.

Now the visit of Leipzig to Glasgow is key with Rodgers admitting victory is a must if Celtic are to have any hope of progressing through the group stage. After the last time in Salzburg - okay we lost the game but I want to see a better performance.

"We have a few other players".

Rodgers gave full details of who is in with a chance of playing and who is definitely out when he addressed the media ahead of the match. "We have to look to win next time and, if we don't, it is really hard". That will be our objective come the next game. Salzburg have won both their games and I would expect them to win both matches against Rosenborg.

If they are to take their place in the big showdown at Hampden they will have to get there without a host of huge players who are missing.

'Their goal knocked us a little bit and then they got the second goal but we regrouped again and changed our shape.

However, Levein feels a better tactical understanding among his new-look team can ensure they are not exposed in the open spaces of the home of Scottish rugby during Sunday's Betfred Cup semi-final.

"For us to have an opportunity to take a positive result out of the game, it's really about performing to a high level for us".

"They have had a really good start and we know Hearts is always going to be a hard team to beat", Lustig was quoted as saying by the Herald. "We've brought the form back into our game".

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