Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers keen to take step forward


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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes a spot in the Europa League would represent a “step forward” for the Parkhead club.

The Scottish champions take on Belgium’s Anderlecht in their final Champions League group game on Tuesday, but cannot reach the knockout stages as Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich have already secured the top two places.

However, Celtic will enter the Europa League if they avoid a 3-0 defeat or worse to Anderlecht in Glasgow, and Rodgers feels that should be considered a success.

Anderlecht legend Paul van Himst labelled Celtic as “peasants and woodcutters” after his former club lost 3-0 at home to the Scottish side earlier in the season.

Those comments did not go unnoticed by Rodgers who was quick to point out that Anderlecht were the higher seeds when the draw was made.

“We are the peasants,” he said, as reported by the Scotsman.

“But what we are is very rich in history and values as a club. For us as a team we are in the fourth pot for a reason.

So the expectancy was probably for the top two teams to go through, and Anderlecht to go into the Europa League.

“For us, if we can finish with four or six points, it would be a great sign of progress for us from last year and also another step forward for us.”

Celtic are 1.83 to win the match or 15.00 to secure another 3-0 success over Anderlecht.

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