Celtic's Europa League hopes hit by RB Leipzig defeat

28 October, 2018, 16:35 | Author: Amy Huff
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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. Unfortunately Boyata, who I thought was outstanding tonight, won't be available at the weekend.

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.

Captain Scott Brown will certainly miss out and his absence was felt once again on Thursday night as Celtic struggled against their Bundesliga opponents.

Victory in the match will see Celtic continue to turn around what was an indifferent beginning to the campaign, and get them back in another domestic final as well as keep them on track for another treble. 'We'll have players that will come back and it's something well within our capabilities.

Rodgers told "BBC Scotland", "We're still in with a great chance".

'If we're going to have any aspirations of getting out the group then it's a game we nearly have to win. These games will be very important.

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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. But hopefully he has a big chance of playing.

"We've obviously lost two matches against two very good sides away from home".

"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".

It was always going to be tough for the Scottish champions, who had not previously won away from home in 13 Europa League group games and never in Germany.

"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.

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