By Alex Taylor

Brendan Rodgers is happy with Celtic preparations as he faces his first competitive fixture with the club.

The Bhoys will face Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in the second qualifying round of the Champions League tomorrow night as they begin their campaign to reach the finals of the tournament.

The Celtic squad has just returned from a two-week training camp in Slovenia and Rodgers is pleased with his side’s form going into the game.

“We have put in a lot of great work, not just on the field where the fitness has been developed throughout, but also in the tactical ideas we are trying to implement which I can see improving on a daily basis,” Rodgers told the Belfast Telegraph.

“You get to see them operate under stress and with the conditions as well which are very hot and humid, so there are a lot of stresses put on the players. But they have coped excellently and their willingness and attitude to be better players has been very clear to me.”

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Rodgers will be hoping new striking star Moussa Dembele can help lead his side through the qualification process after securing the forwards signature from Fulham earlier this summer.

Dembele has shown potential from a young age and after Football Insider revealed in February that Dembele had rejected a contract offer from Fulham that would have quadrupled his wages, he seemed set for a move away from Craven cottage.

In other Celtic news, new Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks is focused on helping his new side end Celtic’s six-in-a-row title bid and has vowed to push very hard for the number one jersey.