Celtic without five key players for Red Bull Leipzig clash

Celtic without five key players for Red Bull Leipzig clash

Celtic without five key players for Red Bull Leipzig clash

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 Boyata, who I thought was outstanding tonight, won't be available at the weekend. I think Jozo will struggle.' Rodgers does not have his problems to seek ahead of Sunday's encounter, with a number of key players unavailable.

The Hoops boss will have to dig into his squad for the Europa League Group B game in the Red Bull Arena after midfielder Tom Rogic joined the list of absentees which include the suspended James Forrest, injured skipper Scott Brown and striker Leigh Griffiths, while defender Filip Benkovic is a doubt.

Speaking at RB Leipzig's stadium, the Northern Irishman said: "We have a few injuries". 'We'll have players that will come back and it's something well within our capabilities.

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

Celtic will look to make it into their first final of the season on Sunday afternoon, when they take on fellow Scottish Premiership outfit Hearts in the semi-final of the Betfred Cup at Murrayfield. "We know if we're going to have any aspirations of coming out of the group then it's a game we have to win". We knew our home games were going to be vital. There's no point bleating about it, just get on as best you can. Salzburg have won both their games and I would expect them to win both matches against Rosenborg.

"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".

Yet Rodgers insisted afterwards that Celtic are "still in with a great chance" of reaching the knockout stage. These games will be very important.

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