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  • Manager: We're pleased Europa League fate is in our own hands

    Manager: We're pleased Europa League fate is in our own hands

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 12 Dec, 2018 10:01

  • BRENDAN Rodgers always knew that December was going to be both a busy and significant month for his squad, with nine matches scheduled across three competitions.

    With three of those fixtures already chalked off the calendar, Celtic have retained the League Cup they’d won the previous two seasons, while a scintillating display on Saturday saw the team return to the top of the Premiership table.

    Now there is an opportunity to secure European football after Christmas for the second consecutive season, with the Hoops knowing that a point against FC Salzburg on matchday six of the Europa League this Thursday night will be enough to achieve that.

    The fact that Celtic’s European fate is in their own hands is due in no small part to the impressive victory over RB Leipzig in their last home tie, although the 1-0 win over Rosenborg in Norway, coupled with Salzburg’s victory against Leipzig by the same margin was also key to how the group has unfolded.

    Now, Paradise could witness another special European night when the Group B leaders come calling, and while the Celtic manager is anticipating a tough test against a side who have a 100 per cent in the group stages up to now, he also knows that his players will use the performance and result as inspiration for the 90 minutes ahead.

    Speaking exclusively to this week's Celtic View, Brendan Rodgers said: “I couldn’t have asked for any more, really, to arrive into the last game with it in our own hands.

    We know it’s a difficult task, and we respect that they’re a good team who’ve won every game they’ve had so far in the group, but we couldn’t ask for any more. Hopefully, with the Celtic Park crowd at their best, and the players performing, we can get over the line.

    “It was a top-level performance and result against Leipzig. It got to 1-1 and it could have been another good performance but we didn’t quite win, but we kept going and got there in the end, and it was absolutely fantastic. Rosenborg was also a good win for us, so it’s now in our hands and it’s up to us to go and deliver.”

    Read the full and exclusive interview with Brendan Rodgers ONLY in this week's Christmas Celtic View, where the manager also reveals some of his favourite songs.

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