Rodgers wants pos­i­tive be­lief

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BOSS Bren­dan Rodgers d e s c r i b e d C e l t i c ’s 5 - 0 de­feat by Paris St Ger­main as “hum­bling” but stressed the need for a more pos­i­tive Cham­pi­ons League mind­set.

It was a record home de­feat for the Hoops i n Europe, with their worst away de­feat com­ing at the start of last sea­son’s cam­paign when they were thrashed 7-0 in Barcelona.

Celtic fin­ished bot­tom of their sec­tion, which also in­cluded Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach and Manch­ester City with three points.

Ger­man giants Bay­ern Munich and Bel­gium side An­der­lecht also await the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons in this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion and, while Rodgers ac­knowl­edged how dif­fi­cult it is to progress into the knock­out stages, he i s look­ing for a change i n men­tal­ity.

“The prob­lems we had in the game were prob­a­bly more men­tal than any­thing else,” said the North­ern Ir­ish­man, who con­firmed striker Moussa Dem­bele is avail­able af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a ham­string in­jury.

“It’s the men­tal­ity for me. I think for Celtic to qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League is huge in many ways, but that can’t be seen just to be the suc­cess.

“I want us to go into the Cham­pi­ons League and then i mpose our way of play­ing and way of work­ing.

“I know we’re a mil­lion miles away fi­nan­cially from where other teams are at, but it still should al­low us to com­pete.

“Of course that takes a lit­tle bit of time to get that men­tal­ity across. It shouldn’t just be a cel­e­bra­tion of us qual­i­fy­ing.

“We know how huge it is for ev­ery­one.We know what it is for the na­tion to have that rep­re­sen­ta­tion, but that just can’t be it. And it won’t be. It’s some­thing we’ll learn from.

“That was a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence for them.”

Celtic boss Bren­dan Rodgers.

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