Brendan Rodgers has stated that Celtic only need to look at the RB Leipzig match as motivation for Thursday night.
Celtic put themselves right back into the mix in the Europa League group stages with a brave 2-1 victory against the Germans at Parkhead. The Hoops were under the cosh for long spells in the match, but showed real character to comeback from the set-back of a Leipzig equaliser to grab another goal immediately.
Many would’ve expected Leipzig to dominate the game and take the points at Parkhead. In a sense, that’s similar to how some will see Valencia doing on Thursday night too.
But Rodgers has moved to remind everyone of just how brave Celtic were back in November. And, speaking in the Daily Record, he used it as a good reminder of what could happen on Thursday.
“It’s up to us to ensure we go and deliver a game and an intensity in our game that gives the supporters that hope.
“The Leipzig game was a wonderful demonstration of that, where we played really well in the game. We played ever so well but then got pegged back.
“They scored a goal that we could have defended better but then straight away we go and score. They’re always tense games because there’s so much on them but they’re really enjoyable games.”
A fitting reminder ahead of Thursday
Rodgers is bang on to remind everyone of just how well Celtic played against Leipzig.
The Germans are now sitting fourth in the Bundesliga after 21 games. They sit ahead of the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg. Yet Celtic put in a big performance and subsequently knocked them out of European competition.
There’s no reason to believe the Hoops can’t replicate that intensity against a side sitting eighth and just three points from 12th in Spain.
Valencia will be a tough ask, of course, but they’re also not as prolific as Leipzig or Salzburg. It has a similar feel to the 1-0 win over Zenit last year, even though we all know what happened in the second leg.
But a similar Parkhead display this time around to the one against the Russians or the Germans? It could very well be a huge night to remember against Valencia.