'Celtic can beat Leipzig at home', says Rodgers

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

Captain Scott Brown misses out with a calf strain while Leigh Griffiths and Tom Rogic are also suffering from injury.

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.

"It's not easy to just snap your fingers and just come into a top team with top players who have done very well, but I have been really pleased with how he is developing and working and adapting to how we want to work".

Tom Rogic is missing with a knee issue, while Felip Benkovic's fitness is being montiored ahead of the game.

"Where we are as a club, these type of games, this level of opponent, you want your best players available", he said.

'Their goal knocked us a little bit and then they got the second goal but we regrouped again and changed our shape.

Celtic host the German side next month in the second part of their double-header with a trip to bottom side Rosenborg to come before a game against Salzburg at Parkhead, where Rodgers believes they can claw back their hopes.

"I think we can still gain in the performance tomorrow".

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"This is what it takes to play for Celtic".

Austrian outfit Salzburg top Group B after wins against both teams who face each other in matchday three at the Red Bull Arena tonight.

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

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

"In the summer I said to him that his game time was very limited and if he wanted to play regular football in his remaining years he would probably have to move".

Yet Rodgers insisted afterwards that Celtic are "still in with a great chance" of reaching the knockout stage.

You play so many games and at certain times in the season that's going to happen so we'll just have to deal with it. It's a great opportunity for 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".

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