Brendan Rodgers challenges squad ahead of crucial Europa League clash

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Their opposition on Sunday will be handed a boost by the fact that they ran out 1-0 winners when the two sides met in the Premiership back in August, as they work towards converting their solid start into major silverware.

The home side cruised their way through the second half to leave the Scottish champions in third place with three points from nine, with leaders Salzburg on nine and RB Leipzig second with six. If we are going to have any aspiration of getting through the group, it's a game first and foremost we have to win. "I think you see that in their domestic competition".

As the pilot slams on the breaks the Celtic fans then produce a sensational racket with most of the plane piling into a celebratory mood and as arms fly around from the seats the excitement for their Europa League clash with RB Leipzig reaches a crescendo.

And the Celtic manager admitted: 'Jozo looks like he'll be struggling.

"I think Brendan has his heart set on being the man to deliver the ten".

"In the summer I said to him that his game time was very limited and if he wanted to play regular football in his remaining years he would probably have to move".

"We want to win this match and also achieve a positive result at Celtic Park".

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Both teams have won one and lost one in the Europa League so far, with Leipzig ahead in Group B on goal difference.

Leipzig have their own issues as Emil Forsberg, Ibrahima Konate and Diego Demme are all out.

Rodgers told "BBC Scotland", "We're still in with a great chance".

"The way they play, you know it's quite simple football but it's worked really well for them".

"The drop-off in their squad is not a huge gulf from what is recognised to be their strongest starting 11 and the players they bring in", Levein said.

"They like to press and build from the back using their wing backs".

Reports last week suggested the Australian could return to Manchester City by the end of the year should he fail to earn minutes with the first-team, a claim Celtic have strongly denied. "We don't necessarily need a big victory but the most important thing is winning".

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