BRENDAN RODGERS has always been a great believer in having his team try to play fluent football, and sometimes to his detriment in Europe.

Domestically, if the players are on form they can do this and win games on a regular basis but what we’ve seen in Europe is we get cut open far too easy as a result.

Apart from the odd game where we drew with Man City or nearly snatched a point against Bayern – it’s been rough watching the bhoys in Europe when they clearly can’t go toe to toe with their opponents.

It may be music to Celtic fans ears that Brendan is looking to change his approach to these games in an effort to not be exposed.

‘I always feel the confidence you can gain from going against these teams and still looking to play your game can work to your advantage, but maybe I have to look at it and quell that a little bit to ensure the players aren’t exposed.

‘When you look at Paris, we actually started the game well but the sheer quality of the opponent gets them through you.

‘At Barcelona in the first year I was here, we were four down going into the last 30 minutes and that would have seemed like par for a game against them at that time, but we conceded late goals and it put a different slant on the game.”

Celtic go to Austria on Thursday to play Salzburg – a team who have beaten the likes of Borussia Dortmund in the not so distant past.

It’s up to the Celtic manager to show he can be pragmatic and versatile when the situation calls for it.

Could this be a Scott Brown and Youssouf Mulumbu start in Austria?


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