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Celtic boss makes admission ahead of huge Euro clash – can he solve glaring problem?

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14/2/2018 | 09:00am

As reported by The Daily Mail, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his side need to show defensive improvement if they’re to secure an important result at home to FC Zenit on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League.

What’s the story?

The Russian Premier League side scored more goals than anyone in the group stages of the competition, while Celtic conceded more goals than anyone in the group stages of the Champions League.

With defensive frailties again on show at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday, it’s clear that the Hoops are up against it this Thursday when knockout European football returns to the East end of Glasgow for the first time in three years.

Brendan Rodgers has admitted they need to raise their game, but hopes that the occasion can inspire his players to do supporters proud.

Speaking after their recent cup match and quoted by The Daily Mail, the Hoops boss said:

We will clearly need to play better than we did today but, hopefully, the occasion brings that performance up. We have a lot of players missing with injuries but they are two really exciting games for us and the first leg here on Thursday should be a fantastic game. We’ll get ready for that over the next few days and look forward to it. But we need to defend better and play better from behind.

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