Celtic star explains why Brendan Rodgers is not happy


Considering Celtic achieved what they set out to do and reached the Europa League, the result was not a disaster, but the performance was and Rodgers will know that much more is needed if he is to inspire a good run in Europe's secondary competition in the new year. Celtic have not won a Champions League group-stage game on their own turf in five attempts under his management.

And I think we all realised that.

"Second-half we were better, we were able to stem the flow and be a threat".

'But there is a story for some of our players in that they have a long way to go before they can call themselves to be players at this level.

"But to overcome the three-goal difference to continue, everything has to be flawless and we also need all the luck in the world", he admitted.

CELTS full-back Kieran Tierney believes the 5-1 win over Motherwell on Saturday was ideal preparation for this big game. "We want to give the supporters a Champions League win at home".

Still chasing his first win in the Champions League in Glasgow Rodgers witnessed improvement in his team when he replaced Scott Sinclair and Stuart Armstrong with Olivier Ntcham and Tom Rogic at half-time.

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'We have to have a touch of realism.

'We have done absolutely fantastic.

"We were fourth seeds and managed to finish third, and that was our aim at the start of the campaign - but it's still a bit bittersweet".

"We can take a lot of lessons into the Europa League, especially about playing at home".

'What we have to do is try to somehow bridge the gap.

The only teams to have beaten Celtic by three goals or more this season are Paris Saint-Germain - who did it twice - and Bayern Munich, indicating the scale of the task facing the Belgians.

"There have been a few occasions when he's been unhappy with us". We have to be realistic. "It's a great accolade and hopefully he's got many more ahead of him".

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