Rodgers: Anything less than a win tonight is unacceptable for Celtic

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen at full time during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists only victory in their final group match against RB Salzburg will be good enough for them

The Scottish champions require at least a point tonight at Parkhead in order to book their spot in the knockout stages from Group B.

Facing them tonight will be leaders Salzburg, who are out of their reach with a six-point gap – which downplays the importance of the win.

But, for Rodgers, Celtic will be going all-out for victory against last season’s semi-finalists.

“We do that for every game, I think it’s unworkable, especially when your game is an offensive game, our intent is always to go and win,” said Rodgers, according to STV.

“There are certain stages when you can manage the game but it’s always dangerous to go in thinking you just need a point.

“We play a pressure game and if we come off that pressure it’s difficult for us.

“People say we only need a point but they have won five out of five and have the motivation to make it six from six.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Artak Dashyan of Alashkert vies with Mikey Johnston of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and Alashkert FC at Celtic Park on July 18, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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The Celtic attacker scored both goals to give his team a 2-1 win over Hearts and win the Scottish Cup.

“They are a team that have been very impressive, I’m sure they come not wanting to blot their record.”

The former Liverpool boss is aware that Salzburg cannot be taken lightly, but remains confident in Celtic’s chances.

“What’s important for us is we arrived into the last game and it’s in our hands,” added Rodgers.

“We know it will be a really tough game, Salzburg are a top-class side.

“But we get the chance to show the confidence and belief we’ve had since virtually after we last played them.

“In European competitions, we have got better as the competition has gone on. Part of that is belief, once everything settles down and we have our rhythm, we get better.

“We’re playing at a high level so we arrive with great belief of getting a result.”


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