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Rodgers must stick with three at the back to allow Celtic to spring a surprise

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Rodgers must stick with three at the back to allow Celtic to spring a surprise

Given the context of Europa League Group B and Celtic’s historic struggles away from home in Europe, a draw against RB Leipzig tonight would represent a good result for Brendan Rodgers.

The question the Northern Irishman must answer is; which tactical system gives the Bhoys the best chance of getting that result and avoiding falling further adrift in the race for the knockout rounds?

Celtic got back on track with a 4-2 win against Hibernian, led by former Parkhead boss Neil Lennon, at the weekend; using a 3-4-2-1 system.

 

While Rodgers may well be tempted to move back to a flat back four after that formation was exposed by RB Salzburg last time out in the Europa League, he must stick with it.

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That system stunned Salzburg, allowing Celtic to fly out of the traps and open the scoring after just two minutes; there is no reason why they cannot repeat that trick tonight.

Gone are the days when a defensive 4-5-1 is enough to nick a 0-0 in Europe. That puts too much pressure on defences and takes too much out of the players’ legs.

Celtic have to offer a threat and deploy a system that gets their technical players into pockets of space, instead of leaving them chasing back all night.

After the weekend’s win, Rodgers must stick to his guns with three at the back.

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