Celtic news: Brendan Rodgers responds to key question ahead of Europa League campaign | Football | Sport


dropped out of the Champions League and will compete in the Europa League and take on Rosenborg, RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg in Group B.

The Hoops previously reached a final 15 years ago, but they lost 3-2 in extra-time when Martin O’Neill was in charge to Jose Mourinho’s Porto.

Rodgers has won back-to-back trebles at the helm of the Scottish champions – an unprecedented feat.

While they have made a mixed start to their campaign, the former Liverpool boss has set his sights on European glory.

But when questioned about how his Celtic side of now compare to the one of yesteryear, Rodgers thinks it is a bit of a moot point.

He said: “I just think in terms of where it was for Celtic then is totally different to where it’s at now.

“Celtic were taking players out of the top end of the Premier League.

“So that tells you where they were as a club in terms of finance and that sort of ambition really.

“Now we are not any less ambitious but, of course, the football economics have changed totally.

“It’s a different team, a different era that we are in but we are no less ambitious and we look forward to working with the players we have here to gain hopefully another run of great experiences in Europe this season.

“Celtic have knocked Rosenborg out of the Champions League summer qualifiers for the past two seasons.”

The Europa League final takes place in Baku, Azerbaijan in May, but Rodgers has dismissed his side’s chances for now at least.

He said: “I see lots of stories and reports about us getting to the final. That’s a long way away.

“You only have to look at the teams and the calibre of club and financial resources in this competition.

“However, it’s the group stage and we have earned the right to be there.

“Now we have to fight to show we can come out of the group stage. Arsenal, AC Milan, Chelsea and Sevilla are also in the group stage and eight top teams will drop down from the Champions League.”

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