'Celtic can beat Leipzig at home', says Rodgers

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The Bhoys slipped to a 2-0 away defeat against RB Leipzig in the Europa League group stages and will need to pick themselves up quickly for the Scottish League Cup semi-final with Hearts at the weekend.

"It's something we can't control but I'm looking forward to the match".

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

Former Celtic striker John Hartson reckons Brendan Rodgers will spurn the advances of Premier League clubs if they offer him the chance to work South of the border again.

Celtic have three points from nine and host Leipzig, who have six points, next month but first face a crucial Betfred Cup semi-final against Hearts at Murrayfield on Sunday.

"It's about going and performing and taking that confidence of going to play and not being frightened to make mistakes. 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".

"They have had a really good start and we know Hearts is always going to be a hard team to beat", Lustig was quoted as saying by the Herald.

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"We've had tough midweek games in Europe over the last couple of years and no matter the result we've come out of that and played well".

Combined with their costly defensive lapses, Celtic offered little going forward, and they nearly fell three behind when Jean-Kevin Augustin had a fierce strike tipped onto the post by Craig Gordon after 65 minutes.

"Having 60,000 at home will be a great opportunity".

Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick believes the two sides are playing for second place in their Europa League section.

Having been part of the the Hoops academy set-up to date, Rodgers made a decision to give Arzani a chance to impress with the first-team at Murrayfield instead of taking part in a reserves game against Partick Thistle.

Winning silverware as soon as November can be a catalyst for teams to go on to more success as seen with Celtic during the 2017-18 season when they won an unprecedented double treble.

"They don't play typically kick and rush of Scottish football".

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