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Brendan Rodgers looking to fans with Champions League win

  • Celtic host Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday evening
  • They go into their final Group B fixture three points ahead of the Belgian side
  • The Hoops are yet to secure qualification for the Europa League 
  • Bendan Rodgers’ team have lost both of their home Champions League games 

Boss Brendan Rodgers is looking to give Celtic fans a Champions League send-off by qualifying for the Europa League against Anderlecht on Tuesday night.

The Hoops go into their final Group B fixture three points ahead of the Belgian side thanks to their 3-0 away win in September.

Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich are already qualified for the knockout stages and Anderlecht arrived in Glasgow knowing they have to equal or better that result against the Scottish champions to take third spot and ensure Europa League football after Christmas.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers speaks during a press conference on Monday morning

Captain Scott Brown leads the warm up as Celtic geared up for their final group game

Captain Scott Brown leads the warm up as Celtic geared up for their final group game

The Belgian club’s boss Hein Vanhaezebrouck all but wrote off his side’s chances, telling STV: ‘We’re not even talking about qualifying, we’re just talking about making a good result, that’s the most important thing for us.’

Rodgers is focusing only on giving Hoops supporters the first home group stage win in his two seasons as manager.

‘For us it is 0-0,’ said Rodgers, who confirmed striker Moussa Dembele and midfielder Nir Bitton return to the squad after recovering from knocks.

‘We want to win the game but of course you have to pay attention to a good opponent.

‘But we haven’t overly thought about it, we have been busy with lots of other games but in this game we have to be tactically ready and prepared and we know if we do that then that can equate to a good result for ourselves.

Rdogers is hoping he can reward the team's fans with a home Champions League victory

Rdogers is hoping he can reward the team’s fans with a home Champions League victory

‘We got a great result over there and we look to finish it off at home.

‘We played very well. Anderlecht will be disappointed being at home and us winning quite convincingly.

‘They changed their coach so they will look at that as a positive. They will come to attack and look to get a victory – but that is what we want to do as well.

‘We want to give the supporters a Champions League victory at home.

‘We have been in two campaigns now, this is obviously the last game.

‘It has been absolutely brilliant. The supporters have been incredible for us home and away but it would be nice for us to finish with a victory at home and take us to six points which will show a real level of progress.’ 



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