BRENDAN RODGERS has admitted one of the attractions of taking over as Celtic manager was being involved in special European evenings at Parkhead.

And the Hoops boss has urged the fans to turn out and cheer on the team against Rosenborg in the opening Europa League Group B encounter under the lights in the east end of Glasgow tomorrow night.

The Norwegians, RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg bar the path to the champions playing in European competition after the turn of the year.

And Rodgers is hoping a massive crowd will help push the players to three crucial points against the team they beat at the same venue in the Champions League qualifier in July.

The Irishman said: “We would like to start with a great crowd, we want the stands to be full – everyone, of course, wants the Champions League – but this is still an important competition for us.

“I would say to the Celtic supporters, give us your great support because that is vital for us to do well.

“Playing in Europe is an important part of our season, for the development of our team, the individual players. It is something we have benefited from over the last couple of seasons.

“There are some really good teams in the competition, we are in a good group and we would like to start with a good performance and a win. So, we are looking forward to the game.

“I look forward to these nights. Part of the attraction of coming here was the possibility to playing in Europe with Celtic and no matter what competition it’s been in, it’s been absolutely fantastic.

“For me, it’s the start of another important campaign for us between now and Christmas.

“Our aim is to play well and show the experience we’ve got from performing there over the last two years.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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