Celtic lacked courage in Zenit clash, says Brendan Rodgers

Five things we learned from Zenit 3-0 Celtic

Celtic are out of the Europa League after succumbing to a dismal 3-0 defeat in their last 32 second leg match at Zenit St Petersburg.

"We started the second half OK but, again, we concede possession too cheaply and they work the ball round for a cross".

Celtic made seven changes at the weekend as they were held to a goalless draw by St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership in preparation for the trip to Russian Federation, with only McGregor, Kouassi, Dorus de Vries and Kristoffer Ajer featuring in both games. And, of course, we conceded poor goals. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are. Celtic are a strong team but we played very, very well. "We didn't threaten at all, because we were too negative in our play".

The Dons are third in the Premiership, behind Rangers only on goal difference. In this one, if we had showed more courage and more belief, we could have got a result.

"There's still an bad lot of work for us to do, but taking a step back, there have been a lot of positives for us in both European competitions".

"Obviously the competition itself and European football is notoriously very hard now for ourselves, but I think we showed in the first leg how well we played". Of course we are up against the best of the best, so there was a lot of learning taking place.

Celtic lacked courage in Zenit clash, says Brendan Rodgers
Celtic lacked courage in Zenit clash, says Brendan Rodgers

This mentality has been something that has followed the Northern Irishman's career for a few years now, with many believing that he has skated by both at Celtic and Liverpool on the back of great players and a weak division.

"It is probably just consistency".

"But if you don't start the game with that aggressive mentality then it is really hard".

With Rangers and Aberdeen both now nine points behind the Hoops in the table a defeat by Derek McInnes' side would blow the title race wide open after looking like a foregone conclusion for months.

"We have to go away and finish our domestic campaign as well as we possibly can and try to create another piece of history on that front", Rodgers added.

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