Celtic’s Europa League hopes hit by RB Leipzig defeat

Mae Harvey
October 27, 2018

The Croatia Under-21 global was stretchered off with an ankle injury during the Bhoys' 2-0 Europa League defeat to RB Leipzig on Thursday evening.

With several key men missing, it was a tough evening for the visitors, who succumbed to two first-half goals in Germany and lost Jozo Simunovic late in the game, a setback that leaves them with a defensive crisis on their hands.

The result lifts second-placed Leipzig three points clear of Celtic in Group B after three matches, while Salzburg are a further three points ahead of the German club following their 3-0 victory over Rosenborg on Thursday.

"I've explained he's got a hernia and there could be a weakness come Sunday, we might have to take him off early in the match".

Australian midfielder Daniel Arzani was handed a training session with the Celtic first-team on Tuesday as he gradually starts to work his way into Brendan Rodgers' plans.

Rogic missed the midweek defeat to RB Leipzig because of a knee injury, but he looks to have recovered in time for the cup meeting.

Despite all of the notable absences, Brendan Rodgers believes their depth will be enough to tame a hungry Leipzig side.

"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 English left-winger still has excellent pace and trickery, but is struggling for game-time right now.

Rangnick said: "It looks like these two teams will be fighting for second spot".

He said: "I can't tell you if Celtic have played badly in Europa League or Champions League qualification, so I can't talk about their away record".

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

Both are young - Benkovic is 21 and Hendry 23 - and the club will miss the considerable experience of Boyata and Simunovic at the back as Celtic bid to reach the League Cup final for the third season in a row.

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