Brendan Rodgers will remind his players of their 14-second comeback plan as they prepare to face Valencia on Thursday night, per The Evening Times.
The Hoops have won seven matches on the bounce since the winter break without conceding a goal but St. Johnstone and Hibs are hardly in the same bracket as Valencia or RB Leipzig.
Back in November, Celtic faced RB Leipzig on the back of two away defeats in the Europa League in which they had barely troubled their opponents.
Leipzig and Salzburg looked like carving the Europa League group up as defeat to the German side seemingly brought Celtic’s hopes to an end with two matches still to play.
Kieran Tierney gave Celtic a first half lead but it looked like another hard luck story when Jean-Kevin Augustin headed an equaliser with 12 minutes to go.
Most heads went down among the fans but incredibly, 14 seconds from the restart, Odsonne Edouard put Celtic in front – ultimately setting up the visit of Valencia.
As quoted by The Evening Times, Rodgers recalled:
“It’s about respecting that the opponent is a good side. It’s up to us to ensure we go and deliver a game and an intensity in our game that gives the supporters that hope.
“The Leipzig game was a wonderful demonstration of that, where we played really well in the game. We played ever so well but then got pegged back. They scored a goal that we could have defended better but then straight away we go and score.
“They’re always tense games because there’s so much on them but they’re really enjoyable games. The players enjoy them, we as staff enjoy them and hopefully the support can enjoy them as well.”
Rodgers has multiple injury issues to deal with tomorrow – Tom Rogic, Filip Benkovic and Leigh Griffiths have all played important roles in this season’s Europa League campaign.
The backing of the fans under the disco lights is assured but there are so many question marks against this side which has been recast since the winter break in Dubai.
As he highlighted with reference to the Leipzig match, Celtic can raise their game above the grind of domestic fare. A repeat of that result – 2-1 or preferably 1-0 – will give the side hope in Spain next week against opponents who have spent most of the season in the bottom half of La Liga.
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