Celtic lacked real courage, says Rodgers

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Zenit manager Roberto Mancini has made two changes from the first leg with birthday boy Branislav Ivanovic replacing Igor Smolnikov at right-back, on his 34th birthday.

Rodgers kept faith with the same XI that started the first leg in Glasgow, hardly a surprise after he branded their performance at Celtic Park as "brilliant" in the immediate aftermath.

"The corner is one that can happen, we were blocked off, they worked it well and found the space".

Branislav Ivanović had a goal and an assist to help Zenit Saint Petersburg beat Celtic, while RB Leipzig beat Napoli on aggregate despite losing their second-leg match.

"Obviously the competition itself and European football is notoriously very hard now for ourselves, but I think we showed in the first leg how well we played". "Everything was too sideways and backwards and that's about bravery and having that courage to play".

"With so many young players in the team, you see the contrast from last week".

"So yeah, a disappointing end - a bit better in the second half - but defensively we gave away three very poor goals".

"For us, we have analysed the game from the first leg and, even though we played very well, creating opportunities and didn't concede, there are still areas where we can be better".

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"There's still an terrible lot of work for us to do, but taking a step back, there have been a lot of positives for us in both European competitions".

"Over the course of both competitions in Europe, there have been aspects which pleased me".

"We talk about defending forward and we just didn't defend forward well enough".

The Italian said: "We deserved to win".

"Dembele was very good and aggressive, Ntcham was good and Brown always is, he is excellent for the team", Rodgers said, as quoted by STV.

"But frankly, after a 3-2 defeat on home turf, we were in a hard position".

Scott Sinclair was named as a substitute for last week's first leg, but Brendan Rodgers may be tempted to field the former Manchester City player here.