Celtic’s next two matches could have a huge impact on the rest of their season, and Brendan Rodgers will have to do all he can to get the best out of players who have under-performed at times this season.
The Hoops begin the enormous week with their Europa League second leg tie against Zenit. The Bhoys go into the trip to Russia with a 1-0 lead, but the trip to Zenit is likely to be far more difficult than the first leg.
The Hoops boss will need his players to stand up and be counted, and lead the way to an aggregate victory over Roberto Mancini’s side. Qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament would give the Bhoys massive confidence to take into their next match.
The Bhoys return to league action on Sunday, with a trip to joint second placed Aberdeen, who the Celts have a nine point advantage over.
The lead at the top could be six points by kick-off if Rangers defeat Hearts on Saturday, which would put the Bhoys under pressure in the league for the first time in a while.
Two victories in the upcoming matches would put Celtic in a wonderful position for the rest of the season, and it’s up to the players to show that they are up for the fight.
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