Ronnie Esplin, Press Association Sport
06: 59 BST, two August 2017
06: 59 BST, 2 August 2017
Boss Brendan Rodgers believes the particular clean sheet Celtic take straight into their Champions League qualifier towards Rosenborg on Wednesday night might be crucial.
The Eliteserien leaders, that are 17 games into their household season, were more than really worth the goalless draw in the particular first leg of their 3rd qualifier at Parkhead last 7 days.
While the Norwegian club are usually said by many to become in the driving seat forward of the return game from the Lerkendal Stadion, the North Irishman disagrees.
Brendan Rodgers speaks during a press-conference in Trondheim on Tuesday
‘We held a clean sheet and house or away within the second lower-leg, that is important, ‘ stated Rodgers, who confirmed striker Leigh Griffiths and defender Erik Sviatchenko are back in contention right after recovering from their respective leg and groin injuries.
‘I stated prior to the game last week that will it wouldn’t be won within that game.
‘There remains one more game to play, in Rosenborg.
‘We expected another tough video game tonight.
‘We know we may score the goals that all of us need to qualify but all of us respect Rosenborg together halfway via their season, they have got good high quality and they will be the really tough opponent for all of us. ‘
The Celtic manager believes first leg clean linen will be crucial for decider against Rosenborg
The former Swansea plus Liverpool manager remains perplexed the fact that champions of Scotland have in order to undergo two qualifiers and the play-off to help make the group stages associated with European football’s elite club competitors.
He said: ‘I don’t think the team that wins the particular league should be within the certification phase, it never was previously the particular case.
‘But of course financing and money changes the video game and that means countries plus clubs like ourselves, one associated with the biggest, iconic clubs within the world, are receiving to move through six games in purchase to qualify.
‘But it can be what we have to perform.
Leigh Griffiths can be available again for the Scottish champions after coping with calf injury