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Celtic have mental edge over Rosenborg but must be very wary

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Celtic have mental edge over Rosenborg but must be very wary

Celtic can beat Rosenborg on Thursday, just as they did only a couple of months ago.

The Bhoys begin their Europa League campaign by taking on the Norwegians at Parkhead.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will be hoping to get off to a great start, and they should be feeling confident going into the game with a 3-1 win already recorded over them this year.

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The teams faced off over two legs in a Champions League second round qualifier in late July, with the Scottish giants wrapping up the tie at home before drawing the away game 0-0.

Goals came from Odsonne Edouard, who scored a brace, and Olivier Ntcham.

Celtic later came unstuck against AEK Athens, and missed out on the chance to feature in a first Champions League competition of the Rodgers era.


A mental edge

Celtic have been drawn against Rosenborg for the Europa League, and they’ll certainly feel as though they can get another result against them.

With the teams having faced off so recently, Celtic may call on the positive result and take heart from it.

Rosenborg are not a bad side, as they showed during the teams’ return leg, but the mental aspect of this game could swing it in Celtic’s favour.

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The players will no doubt still be hurting from missing out on the Champions League.

That can be used as motivation. Rodgers will implore his players to take out their anguish on their opponents.

Celtic must avoid another slow start, though

It’s going to be vital for the Hoops to avoid starting as they did the last time the Norwegians came to town, because they might not get so lucky if it happens again.

This team is there for the taking – there has been disarray following the unexpected sacking of respected coach Kare Ingebrigsten.

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However, Celtic must be careful. Rosenborg will be out for revenge.

It could be in the home side’s best interests to settle into the game first before probing to find an opening.

It could be foolish to start all guns blazing in a bid to put them to the sword.

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