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1st Nov, 2016 | 12:46pm

Brendan Rodgers: The reason Celtic struggled in Champions League

By Will Butcher

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has described Group C of the Champions League as the “toughest” in the competition.

The former Liverpool manager is currently preparing his side to face German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday night, as they look to cling onto the slight chance of qualifying into the knockout stages or the Europa League.

Rodgers spoke of the difficulties that the Hoops are currently up against after being drawn against Manchester City and Barcelona as well as Gladbach, but believes the future looks bright.

“We’ve arrived at this level in the toughest group in the competition and it has been difficult for us,” Rodgers told Celtic’s official website.

“It’s a major challenge for us but it’s a great challenge to have and each year we can improve and hopefully get into the latter stages consistently. But let’s see how the next game goes and we’ll take it from there.”

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The 47-time Scottish champions are currently in Germany to face the side that comfortably beat them 2-0 in October.

After losses to Gladbach, as well as a 7-0 drubbing by Barcelona, Rodgers is hoping to defy the odds and qualify for the knockout stages. Out of their next three games, the Hoops must win at least two to stand any chance of qualifying.

Their fourth away game in a row, Celtic come into the game on a good run of form that has seen them secure three wins and three clean sheets.

A win against Andre Schubert’s men would see Celtic move onto four points and leapfrog their German rivals.

In other Celtic news, Rodgers also had this to say about Celtic’s upcoming Champions League clash.