Date: 12th February 2018 at 4:24pm
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Brendan Rodgers has rightfully been given plenty of praise since taking over at the club in May 2016.

He guided the Hoops to a domestic treble in his first season with the club, which coincided with an unbeaten league season, which eventually stretched to a British record of 69 domestic matches without defeat.

This season the Hoops are well clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, and have also retained the Betfred Cup. But one thing that sticks out as perhaps the only failure so far is Celtic’s home form in Europe.

The Hoops have played six home matches in the Champions League group stage since Rodgers took over, and their record at Parkhead is very poor, consisting of one draw – against Manchester City – and five defeats.

Even the games that the Hoops would be expected to win at home – against Anderlecht for example – ended in defeat. Indeed, the Hoops only booked their place in the Europa League last 32 by virtue of defeating Anderlecht in Belgium.

If the Bhoys want to make a sustained effort in Europe in this season and beyond, then the home form has to improve. Even a goalless draw would be acceptable against the Russian side, but a victory would be another feather in the cap of a manager who has transformed the Hoops, but still has one particular problem to solve.

In other Celtic news, Jim Duffy believes that Charly Musonda will be dropped from the Celtic starting line-up to play Zenit

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