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Celtic v RB Leipzig: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team news, preview and every way to watch the Europa League clash with BT Sport

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Despite losing 2-0 after an uninspiring performance in Germany, confidence should be high around Celtic Park ahead of the Bhoys’ pivotal Europa League showdown against RB Leipzig next Thursday – if Brendan Rodgers is to be believed.

The Celtic boss claimed “there were a lot of positives” from defeat to the German visitors in the first of their European double-header, telling BBC Scotland: “I’ve seen enough to know that we can win at home.”

If they don’t, Rodgers will know the future looks bleak for the 2003 UEFA Cup finalists, who are already three points behind second-placed Leipzig in Group B after three games.

Celtic will hope to welcome back a number of key men who were absent from the first meeting between the two teams; club captain Scott Brown missed out through injury, joining Leigh Griffiths, Tom Rogic and Filip Benkovic on the treatment table.

Winger James Forrest was also unavailable through suspension but the flying Scotsman will return seeking to make up for lost time in front of an expected sell-out in Glasgow next week.

Celtic’s defensive frailties were exposed for all to see once again as Matheus Cunha and Bruma punished errors in back line to score the vital goals for Leipzig but one of the real concerns for Rodgers will be his side’s failure to register a shot on target until the 85th minute.

The 45-year-old has become renowned as an attacking coach – but with just two goals from their opening three games in the group stage, it is clear Rodgers has work to do to inspire his players back to their free-flowing best.

However, the task of overcoming a Bundesliga side performing well in the Bundesliga could be complicated by the return of Swedish star Emil Forsberg, who missed the first game through injury.

Forsberg, 26, holds the record for the most assists in a single season in the German league with 22 – breaking Kevin De Bruyne’s previous record of 21 during his Wolfsburg career – but the former Malmo man is battling a long-term groin issue that could rule him out of action.

Nir Bitton, Eboue Kouassi and Daniel Arzani remain sidelined for Celtic, but Olivier Ntcham could be passed fit to play.

Combative midfielder Scott Brown could return against Leipzig but Rodgers is likely to stick with Callum McGregor after an impressive run of form.

Yussuf Poulsen and Timo Werner have joined Emil Forsberg on RB Leipzig’s injury list, leaving the Germans with very few striking options.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on qualifying for knockout round: "I've seen enough to know we can win at home.

"We know if we're going to have any aspirations of coming out of the group then it's a game we have to win."

"We're still in with a great chance.

"We knew our home games were going to be vital. We have to look to win next time and, if we don't, it is really difficult.".

RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick on his side's form: "At the beginning of the season, we struggled and I think a lot of that was to do with our disappointing end to last season.

“But the confidence is back now and we are playing really well.

"Defensively, we are very solid and that’s the key to our game. It’s very difficult to score against us at the moment.

“Timo Werner is back in fine form too and we are scoring goals as well.

"There’s no doubt if we keep up this standard of play, we will have a very good chance of getting a Champions League place.

“And we need to carry on our recent good form against Celtic this week."

Celtic were soundly beaten in their only previous meeting against RB Leipzig - a 2-0 victory at the Red Bull Arena Leipzig in Germany thanks to first-half goals from Matheus Cunha and Bruma.

  • RB Leipzig beat Celtic 2-0 in the first ever competitive meeting between these two sides in the last round of matches.
     
  • Celtic could only muster one shot on target in their last match against Leipzig, their lowest tally in a Europa League game since December 2015 (against Fenerbahce).
     
  • Celtic have won just two of the last 16 Europa League games (D5 L9), both 1-0 home wins against Rosenborg and Zenit St Petersburg.
     
  • RB Leipzig have scored at least two goals in their last four Europa league games, although they have conceded a total of nine in that time.
     
  • RB Leipzig’s Mateus Cunha has scored in his last two Europa League games, and has had at least seven more shots at goal than any other Liepzig player in the competition (13).

Celtic: 3/1

Draw: 13/5

RB Leipzig: 17/20

All odds correct with Bet365 at the time of writing.

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