Leipzig's complacency could cost them dear at Celtic Park

By David Walton

November 6, 2018

Celtic’s game against RB Leipzig will undoubtedly be a tough one. Fortunately for the Hoops, it appears that the Germans look like being complacent.

In recent days, Celtic fans have had to read several of the Bundesliga side’s stars come out and express confidence ahead of the tie. If it isn’t Peter Gulasci, it’s Timo Werner. If it isn’t him, then it’s Yussuf Poulsen.

Confidence is good, but their comments in recent times have come across as dismissive of the Scottish side. It’s exactly the kind of thing they should be looking to avoid, but exactly what Celtic will be delighted with.

Celtic fielded a much-changed side in Leipzig (Robert Michael/AFP/Getty Images)

The best thing that could happen to the Parkhead side is Leipzig believing this Thursday will go the same as two weeks ago. Celtic’s pitiful display in Germany was hardly impressive. It became clear, however, that Brendan Rodgers was simply saving his side for a huge match against Hearts that weekend.

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The likes of Eboue Kouassi, Cristian Gamboa, and Lewis Morgan all started in Leipzig. It’s fair to say it’ll be a much-changed side this time around.

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You simply have to imagine that Leipzig will have watched footage of Celtic in recent matches. If they have, then goodness knows why they appear so dismissive of Rodgers’ men. 13 goals without reply is what the Parkhead have rattled home in recent matches. They’re looking imperious in Scotland once more, and confidence is brimming throughout the club.

Perhaps Leipzig’s own good form is what’s boosting them. The Germans have kept six consecutive clean sheets in all competitions, and have won four of their last six matches.

Celtic are back in fine form domestically (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The difference between Leipzig and Celtic, however, is that the Hoops know they’re in for a fight on Thursday. There feels like an element of disrespect in how the Germans view their task on Thursday.

Celtic can use that to their advantage in the must-win clash. Allowing them to get into the same habit the likes of Zenit St Petersburg did is good for the Hoops.

Thursday is set to be a huge night for the Hoops, and it seems as though they have humility on their side.