Celtic’s last Thursday’s 1-0 win over the Russian top-flight can be seen as another classic European night at Celtic Park, but the Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers knows that the clash is far from over as he hopes to make it a successful European campaign for his side.
Here, we look at the factors that the club should consider ahead of this European crunch match tonight.
3. Callum McGregor
There is a little doubt that the 24-year-old Scottish man has become a key figure for Rodgers team, with his superb goal being the only goal of the clash at Parkhead.
McGregor has such an outstanding game that Rodgers believes that if he was from the continent of European, the forward would be regarded as a top European player as quoted via the Daily Record.
“He’s been absolutely brilliant for me. If you look at his goal during the week [Zenit] and if that’s a Spanish, Italian or Argentinian player then everyone would be lauding the quality of the goal, his touch and technique.”
With almost 150 appearances for Celtic, Rodgers also finds it criminal that his player only has one Scottish appearance to his name for Scotland.
If Rodgers side hope to make it to the last 16 of the Europa League, Celtic will hope that McGregor will be at the top of his game.
2. European away record
It’s no secret that the club’s European away record is less than impressive. This is no doubt an area which Rodgers is trying to improve on if they want to be regarded as a European regular year in year out.
The Scottish club will definitely have their work cut out for them as they are facing a side away from home who scored 17 goals in the Europa League group stage this season.
1. Rodgers’ tactics
He proved this on Thursday night as the introduction of Charly Musonda proved to be key as the Belgian set up McGregor’s winning goal.