Brendan Rodgers claims how Celtic will respond after Bayern Munich loss
By James Black
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that his sides’ “disappointment will be gone” when they line-up to face Hibernian at Hampden on Saturday afternoon.
The Hoops were brushed aside by Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek but Rodgers believes his side have the mental toughness to bounce back against Hibs and book a place in next month’s League Cup final.
The Hoops are on a run of 59 games without defeat in domestic competition and Rodgers points to the reaction to previous heavy European defeats as proof his side can come back and deal with Hibs comfortably.
“The disappointment will be gone,” Rodgers said, as quoted by Celtic’s official website.
“We’ve been in the Champions League before where we’ve lost games and bounced back.
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“We lost against Barcelona and went into a final where we were absolutely brilliant.
“This situation is likewise.
“We have good memories and good experience playing at Hampden, but the focus is on now and that’s about preparing yourself the best you can physically and mentally.
“That’s something we aim to finish off today so that, come tomorrow at 12:15, the players will be ready.”
The sides recently met at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership and the defending champions needed a late equaliser from Callum McGregor to spare their blushes in a 2-2 draw.
Rodgers is yet to taste defeat domestically since taking over as Celtic boss from Ronny Deila in the summer of 2016 and will be desperate to see his side continue the defence of the League Cup they won a year ago.
The Hoos lifted the trophy 11 months with a 3-0 win over Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen at Hampden after goals from Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Moussa Dembele.
The winner will play Rangers or Motherwell at Hampden on November 26th.