Celtic's Europa League hopes hit by RB Leipzig defeat

Celtic's Europa League hopes hit by RB Leipzig defeat

Celtic's Europa League hopes hit by RB Leipzig defeat

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is without a host of firstchoice players tonight as his side take on Red Bull Leipzig. Unfortunately Boyata, who I thought was outstanding tonight, won't be available at the weekend.

Hampered by the absence of Tom Rogic, James Forrest, Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths, Kristoffer Ajer and Youssouf Mulumbu through injury or suspension - and Filip Benkovic was fit only for the bench - Rodgers made five changes to the side that beat Hibernian 4-2 at the weekend.

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

Speaking at RB Leipzig's stadium, the Northern Irishman said: "We have a few injuries".

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. 'We'll have players that will come back and it's something well within our capabilities. I don't feel it's the same this year, I think the players are a little bit more cerebral and understand more about the defensive shape than maybe we did last season.

'I've seen enough to know we can win the game at home, ' the Celtic boss insisted.

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'We have to look to the next game at home and look to win that - if we don't it becomes really hard.

'The key moments you have to defend better and unfortunately we didn't.

The home side cruised their way through the second half to leave the Scottish champions in third place with three points from nine, with leaders Salzburg on nine and RB Leipzig second with six.

"We're playing against one of the top teams in Germany but we still have to show our way of playing and when we do that we know we can cause problems".

"We always knew our home games would be vital for us and try to pick up something away". Salzburg have won both their games and I would expect them to win both matches against Rosenborg.

'Having 60,000 at home will certainly give us a great opportunity. These games will be very important.

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