Celtic without five key players for Red Bull Leipzig clash

Former Celtic striker Hartson predicts Rodgers will reject Premier League advances

Australian midfielder Daniel Arzani was handed a training session with the Celtic first-team on Tuesday as he gradually starts to work his way into Brendan Rodgers' plans.

"It's not easy to just snap your fingers and just come into a top team with top players who have done very well, but I have been really pleased with how he is developing and working and adapting to how we want to work". Leigh hasn't returned to training and Tom Rogic hasn't travelled - he has an issue with his knee.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes Hearts will not have an on-field advantage when they play in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Murrayfield on Sunday. After the last time in Salzburg, okay we lost the game but I want to see a better performance. I don't feel it's the same this year, I think the players are a little bit more cerebral and understand more about the defensive shape than maybe we did last season.

"I don't care if Newcastle are looking at him and thinking that he might be the man if they part company with Rafa Benitez or if Leicester are thinking that he might be a better option than Claude Puel", Hartson writes in the Evening Times.

He said: "No matter the result, we'll go into the game at the weekend with confidence and looking to reach another final".

When Craig Levein took ill a month or so back, the Celtic manager was quick to find out how he was doing and offer some words of wisdom to his counterpart.

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Tom Rogic, Kristoffer Ajer, Youssouf Mulumbu and Filip Benkovic all sat out Thursday's Europa League defeat by RB Leipzig and defenders Jozo Simunovic and Cristian Gamboa both went off injured.

The home side cruised their way through the second half to leave the Scottish champions in third place with three points from nine, with leaders Salzburg on nine and RB Leipzig second with six.

Rodgers said: "Jozo looks like he'll be struggling". These games will be very important.

'I felt there was a lot of positives from the game.

"My experience up here of being in the semi-finals have been brilliant, the atmosphere and we have been able to make the final which has been great".

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