Celtic without five key players for Red Bull Leipzig clash

Scott Sinclair came off the bench to open the scoring

Cristian Gamboa, Jozo Simunovic, Eboue Kouassi, Ryan Christie and Lewis Morgan all came in, the latter making his first start.

Defensive errors were the chief reason as to why Rodgers side fell to defeat; two lapses in concentration in the space of four minutes in the first half enabled Leipzig to take control of the game.

The result lifts second-placed Leipzig three points clear of Celtic in Group B after three matches, while Salzburg are a further three points ahead of the German club following their 3-0 victory over Rosenborg on Thursday.

"From tonight's performance, I believe it's something that's well within our capabilities".

"Having 60,000 at home will be a great opportunity. We know if we're going to have any aspirations of coming out of the group then it's a game we have to win". That will be our objective.

'We've obviously lost two matches now against two very good sides away from home.

"There are three other sides, two very good sides who really are Champions League level opposition, but we are still in with a great chance".

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"We always knew our home games would be vital for us and try to pick up something away. We have to look to win next time and, if we don't, it is really hard". If we don't it becomes really hard.

"We have stabilised the team in recent weeks, we have been performing well and this gives them a chance to show how well they have been training".

Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen falls beside Celtic's Mikael Lustig.

Defender Dedryck Boyata, whom Rodgers described as "outstanding", is suspended for the trip to Edinburgh.

And the Celtic manager admitted: 'Jozo looks like he'll be struggling. He took an awkward landing when he landed.

"So I am looking forward to see the guys who will come in".

Hampered by the absence of Tom Rogic, James Forrest, Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths, Kristoffer Ajer and Youssouf Mulumbu through injury or suspension - and Filip Benkovic was fit only for the bench - Rodgers made five changes to the side that beat Hibernian 4-2 at the weekend.

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