Home comforts key for Brendan Rodgers

 Brendan Rodgers Celtic boss

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers expects Parkhead to be a fortress this season due to the vocal support of the Scottish champions’ fans.

The Glasgow giants host Lincoln Red Imps on Wednesday seeking to overturn a 1-0 deficit after a shock defeat in Gibraltar in the first leg of their Champions League qualification clash.

Celtic Park now has a safe-standing section and Rodgers feels it will improve the atmosphere further.

Celtic arguably face the biggest challenge to their dominance of Scottish football in recent years in the campaign ahead following the return of Old Firm rivals Rangers to the top flight, and Rodgers feels their home form will be vital to their chances of success.

“There is no doubt the Celtic supporters have always been the 12th man,” he told the Evening Times.

“It is a wonderful stadium and, when it is bouncing and rocking here, there are not many to touch it.

“It was interesting to see the standing area and the boys over there were non-stop. They were absolutely brilliant.

“The players respond to that. As a supporter, I hope they can see we are looking to progress and evolve here as a team, but we need them and we will need them for every single game of the season.

“If we can get them right behind the team, it is going to be a tough place to get a result, for sure.”

Celtic are 1.25 to win the Scottish Premier League outright, Rangers are 4.20 and Aberdeen can be backed at 15.00.

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