Celtic's Europa League hopes hit by RB Leipzig defeat

Celtic midfielder Callum Mc Gregor believes RB Leipzig will provide a tough test for the Scottish champions

Celtic midfielder Callum Mc Gregor believes RB Leipzig will provide a tough test for the Scottish champions

Celtic's chances of reaching the Europa League knockout stages took a further hit on Thursday as they were beaten 2-0 by RB Leipzig.

"We have a few other players".

"We've obviously lost two matches against two very good sides away from home, but we've got three points on the board".

"We have one or two issues but it's okay, we have a number of young players who have been training very hard and working hard to have the opportunity to play".

Celtic slowly grew in confidence but were made to pay the price for poor defending with half an hour played.

Celtic have three points from nine and host Leipzig, who have six points, next month but first face a crucial Betfred Cup semi-final against Hearts at Murrayfield on Sunday. 'We'll have players that will come back and it's something well within our capabilities.

"We have stabilised the team in recent weeks, we have been performing well and this gives them a chance to show how well they have been training".

"The players who have come in have been waiting a long time".

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Leipzig's Matheus Cunha scores the opening goal against Celtic's goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Tom Rogic, Kristoffer Ajer, Youssouf Mulumbu and Filip Benkovic all sat out Thursday's Europa League defeat by RB Leipzig and defenders Jozo Simunovic and Cristian Gamboa both went off injured.

On the contrary, Brendan Rodgers' double-treble feat has been thrilling to watch and has provided those of us in the media with reams of copy.

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

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.

Speaking about whether he is just as hungry as he was when he first came through the door at Parkhead in 2016, Rodgers said: "Listen when you work at the top clubs there is only one standard and that's winning and that is what you are judged by". They don't play typically kick and rush type of Scottish football.

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

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