Brendan Rodgers claims that his Celtic team were not at their races in the recent game against Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League. Salzburg were able to claim a 3-1 victory in the match as they fully capitalised on Celtic being reduced to 10 men following the red card for James Forrest. Even though Odsonne Edouard had provided Celtic with an advantage after his second minute goal, the home team were able to gain control of the game just after half-time. The team scored three times in the space of 20 minutes in order to get a 3-1 lead. As a result, Celtic’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League may have taken an early blow.
After the game, Rogers said that he could not have any complaints about the defeat since Celtic were second-best throughout the game. He pointed out to the incredible work they put in by Salzburg even when Celtic were reduced to 10 men when playing away from home. The Austrian champions were able to reach the semifinals of the Europa League last season and they possess an incredibly rich squad, which was apparent from the manner of their win. Salzburg were keen to capitalise on home advantage since other opponents in the group happen to be quite tough.