Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers due to the initial aim of reaching the group stages of the Champions League by overcomingHapoelBe’erSheva in the final qualification round.
This earned the club a place in the group stages much to the joy of Celtic supporters. The club has been disappointed with its inability to make it to the Champions League group stages for the last two seasons despite having been involved in the play-offs. However, the joy has been short lived since it has now been revealed that Celtic will be in a group containing Barcelona, Manchester City, and Borussia Monchengladbach.
This is the toughest possible group and Celtic are nowhere near favourites to even finish in the third spot. Despite the rejection with such a tough draw upon their return to the Champions League group stages, manager Rodgers says that Celtic still have a chance if they managed to take advantage of a home games. Celtic’s support at the Celtic Park is regarded as one of the finest and has played host to numerous shocks over the years. Rodgers says that they will once again be the centre of attention and how to help the players immensely when the likes of City and Barcelona visit to the ground.
Rodgers has not had a great experience with regard to Champions League group stages.“My experience in competitions in Europe is that the home games are vital. We’ve got to use the amazing support we get at home which will lift the players and make it a real intimidating place for the opponent. Notoriously, it’s been difficult away from home for Celtic over many years, so that tells you we need to be better in our home games. We have to do our best. Everyone knows it’s going to be extremely tough but we have to take on that challenge,” said Rodgers.