GROUP B: RODGERS REV­ELS IN ‘FAN­TAS­TIC’ WIN AS HOOPS GET BACK ON TRACK AGAINST LEIPZIG

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Bren­dan Rodgers claimed Celtic’s 2-1 Europa League win over RB Leipzig was his best Eu­ro­pean vic­tory at Park­head since be­com­ing boss.

In a game the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons re­al­is­ti­cally needed to win to keep qual­i­fi­ca­tion hopes alive, left-back Kieran Tier­ney’s strike on 11 min­utes gave them a de­served in­ter­val lead.

The Bun­desliga side, who had beaten Celtic 2-0 at the Red Bull Arena last month, lev­elled in the 78th minute through striker Jean-Kevin Au­gustin but only a minute later the Hoops’ French for­ward Od­sonne Edouard restored their lead to take the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons on to six points in Group B and level with Ralf Rang­nick’s side, who have a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence and head-to­head.

Celtic travel to Trond­heim to play

Rosen­borg on No­vem­ber 29 be­fore host­ing Salzburg, who have max­i­mum points, in their last game.

Asked if it had been the best Celtic Park win since he took over in

2016, Rodgers said: “I couldn’t ar­gue against that if you look at the level of the op­po­nent and our per­for­mance against that. This was a pres­sure game that we needed to win but you

seen the pos­i­tiv­ity in the team. We brought our ag­gres­sion and iden­tity to the game.”

Rodgers in­sists his play­ers were in­spired by an­other big Eu­ro­pean night at Celtic Park.

He said: “Celtic Park is one of the most in­tim­i­dat­ing are­nas in Eu­ro­pean foot­ball. Some of the best teams in the world have come here over the years and have suf­fered. The

emo­tion in the sta­dium re­ally helps us as a team.

“This was a very emo­tional game, our play­ers fed off that and the sup­port­ers helped us to the vic­tory.”

LATE SHOW: Celtic striker Od­sonne Edouard, right, slots home from Ryan Christie’s pass to seal all three points against RB Leipzig last night

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