Brendan Rodgers challenges squad ahead of crucial Europa League clash

Brendan Rodgers removes the fear factor from Celtic ahead of Europa League meeting with RB Leipzig

Dedryck Boyata is already suspended and Brendan Rodgers may now be forced to field a makeshift pairing at the centre of his rearguard against Hearts, with Jack Hendry and Filip Benkovic his only fit options.

"We have one or two issues but it's okay, we have a number of young players who have been training very hard and working hard to have the opportunity to play".

Rodgers, whose side have three points from their first two fixtures, challenged those fringe players who will come in to make their mark and, in the first of a double-header against the German side, he is looking for a better performance after their 3-1 defeat to Salzburg in their last European outing.

And despite his squad limitations, Rodgers is confident his side have enough to forge a result. "I think you see that in their domestic competition".

But a Hearts win tomorrow would be a fitting seal on the start to the season made by the Ladbrokes Premiership leaders, and a coup too for Craig Levein, an excellent football manager who has spectacularly clambered his way back up the greasy pole. So we look forward to seeing them.

"We have stabilised the team in recent weeks, we have been performing well and this gives them a chance to show how well they have been training".

As the pilot slams on the breaks the Celtic fans then produce a sensational racket with most of the plane piling into a celebratory mood and as arms fly around from the seats the excitement for their Europa League clash with RB Leipzig reaches a crescendo.

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The 25-year-old saw them beat Paris St Germain 3-2 last month when Roberto Firmino scored a dramatic late Champions League victor .


Celtic are now third in their Europa League group, three points behind leaders Red Bull Salzburg.

And the Celtic manager admitted: 'Jozo looks like he'll be struggling.

'I felt there was a lot of positives from the game.

"I think it was really just pure energy and effort last season".

'We had a big chance through Odsonne Edouard after seven minutes and then had a period of 15 minutes where we did well.

Speaking about whether he is just as hungry as he was when he first came through the door at Parkhead in 2016, Rodgers said: "Listen when you work at the top clubs there is only one standard and that's winning and that is what you are judged by".

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