Celtic and Brendan Rodgers are brimming with self-assurance as they aim to close out Champions League qualification at Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Brendan Rodgers knows he’s inside touching distance of his 1st principal target as Celtic manager ahead of your Champions League play-off second leg at Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
The Scottish champions overcame a second-half wobble to close out a thrilling 5-2 victory in last week’s initial encounter at Parkhead, taking a significant step towards a very first appearance in the group stages of Europe’s premier competitors considering the fact that 2013.
Rodgers was installed as Ronny Deila’s successor in Could along with the former Liverpool boss has had his sights trained on progress towards the Champions League appropriate ever since.
“It has been our quantity one objective from the initial day we began,” he said.
“We spoke about it as a team along with a squad. We looked at numerous objectives and targets throughout the season and to make the Champions League was clearly among these since it was one of the initial that would encounter us.
“So to lead Celtic into the Champions League will be an excellent honour and privilege. I know the managers prior to me who I spoke to stated their very first qualifying campaign was difficult for them, but for us we have place in an awful lot of perform and we’ve got two hands on the prize and also a tight grip on it also.
“We need to have to create positive we maintain that grip and hopefully then the supporters and folks is often proud, but we still know there is a little of function to perform.”
Celtic overwhelmed their Israeli opponents during the opening 45 minutes in Glasgow, with Leigh Griffiths netting an impressive brace just after Tom Rogic dispatched an early opener.
But Hapoel showed their prowess as Lucio Maranhao and Maor Melikson threatened to turn the tie on its head with two objectives in the space of 3 minutes.
The hosts stayed accurate to their manager’s attacking principles and Moussa Dembele and Scott Brown produced the game secure, but Rodgers saw enough of a threat from Barak Bakhar’s side to retain a degree of caution.
“We did the job within the first-leg plus the duty is now with us and that is how you’d want it,” he said.
“You see loads of the games across Europe which will be challenging and tight, but there is a three goal-difference in this game. It’ll nevertheless be a difficult game for us, but thankfully it is our duty.
“We worked pretty really hard in the last game as well as the quality of our game has got us into this position, in order that gives us fantastic self-confidence.
“We will generally respect our opponents, but we know we’re in a great moment.”