Moussa Dembele hands Celtic fitness boost ahead of Anderlecht tie

Ross Houston
December 7, 2017

Unseeded in Monday's draw the Parkhead side now face possibility of a last 32 clash with Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow, Arsenal, AC Milan or Lazio.

'They deserve a huge amount of credit for that - but it was a poor performance.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon said that the nature of the game, where Celtic knew that anything less than a 3-0 defeat would ensure progress, meant an unusual approach even when a goal down.

"We will try to play our own game, we've been at our best when we've done that and not sat back and tried to defend leads".

The Frenchman has scored four goals and supplied three assists in those games and although fans were delighted with his outing against Anderlecht, Rodgers may continue to overlook him in future fixtures due to his constant squad rotation policy. We've gone out and beaten them comfortably. Not too many. He wasn't over the top.

And I think we all realised that.

Some of our players have a long way to go before they can call themselves players at this level.
"That showed towards the end of the game where we weren't looking to get back into it but were defending a defeat, which is a odd situation to be in. We want to give the supporters a Champions League win at home".

'We have to have a touch of realism.

"There are going to be much better teams than us, we have to be clear on that".

'We have done absolutely awesome.

"We were the fourth seeds coming into this and there is huge pride that we got the job done".

'But tonight was an example that there is still a long, long way to go and the gap there is with the really big teams at the very top level of European football and even those who are just below that as well.

With neither side able to qualify for the knockout stages, at stake instead is a place in the Europa League, and he concedes he needs a lot of luck if the Scottish team are to miss out.

"However we've managed to do that we'll be happy once the dust settles".

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