Rangnick: Leipzig & Celtic are fighting for second place

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 20: Head coach Ralf Rangnick of Leipzig looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and RB Leipzig at WWK-Arena on October 20, 2018 in Augsburg, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick believes that their upcoming Europa League double header with Celtic will be crucial for their hopes of finishing second in Group B

Currently, it’s Austrian side RB Salzburg who lead the group table following wins over Leipzig and Celtic in their opening two games.

Therefore, Rangnick feels that their matches with Celtic will have a “decisive”
effect on their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

Both sides are tied in second place after their respective wins over Rosenborg with the German side ahead due to a better goal difference.

“It looks like these two teams will be fighting for the second spot,” said Rangnick on BBC, ahead of Thursday night’s game at the Red Bull Arena.

“It looks like this and Celtic Park will be decisive to finish second and qualify from the group.”

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Rangnick, who previously coached Hoffenheim and Schalke 04, revealed his past interactions with Celtic counterpart Brendan Rodgers.

“I talked with Brendan a few years ago when he was with Liverpool,” he explained.

“We exchanged ideas and spoke about our jobs at the time.

“Since then, I’ve been following him. He’s in his third year at Celtic and, with Marvin Compper going there as well, we keep an eye on what is happening in Glasgow.

“We know what to expect.”

The Group B Europa League match in Germany will begin at 18:55 (CEST)