Rodgers: This is the type of club that Celtic will never be
Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Celtic will never be the kind of club that spends “hundreds of millions” on players.
The Northern Irishman knows that the Scottish champions have a limited amount of money to spend on players, compared to their Europa League last 32 opponents Zenit.
The Celtic boss disclosed that finding ways to defeat big spending teams is becoming ever more difficult.
This was shown in the Champions League group stages, when PSG dismantled the Hoops over two games with an aggregate score of 12-1.
Regarding his Europa League opponents, Rodgers was quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “We’re in the competition, so we’re going to play against the likes of these teams and it’s up to us to try and somehow find a way to bridge the gap.
“Celtic will never be a club that’s going to go out and spend hundreds of millions of pounds in getting in these, some of the world-class players.”
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The Hoops managed to qualify for the later stages of the Europa League after edging out Anderlecht in the battle for third place in the Champions league group stages.
After picking up a rare away win in the competition with a 3-0 victory in Belgium, the Bhoys were extremely timid against Anderlecht in Glasgow, suffering a 1-0 loss but beating the Belgian champions on the head to head results.
The Celts will be facing a familiar foe when they take on the Russian side, as Zenit boss Roberto Mancini was the Inter manager whose team faced Celtic the last time they played in Europe after Christmas in 2015. Mancini’s side edged out Ronny Deila’s Celtic 4-3 over the two legs.
In other Celtic news, Leigh Griffiths should return to the team for the match against Hamilton