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James Forrest is suspended after a red card in the defeat to Red Bull Salzburg and Leigh Griffiths is still out, having not returned to training after illness.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson reckons Brendan Rodgers will spurn the advances of Premier League clubs if they offer him the chance to work South of the border again.

"It gives the other players in the squad a good opportunity to come in and show what they can do on one of the biggest stages in European football".

Tom Rogic is missing with a knee issue, while Felip Benkovic's fitness is being montiored ahead of the game. After the last time in Salzburg, okay we lost the game but I want to see a better performance. 'We'll have players that will come back and it's something well within our capabilities.

Rodgers believes that, irrespective of the result against RB Leipzig, his side, who have scored 10 goals in their last two Ladbrokes Premiership matches, will still go into Sunday's Betfred Cup semi-final against Hearts at Murrayfield with optimism. I don't feel it's the same this year, I think the players are a little bit more cerebral and understand more about the defensive shape than maybe we did last season.

Celtic are now third in their Europa League group, three points behind leaders Red Bull Salzburg.

"I think my point before the last game was to have an opportunity to have been there and train at the stadium", said Rodgers.




Earlier this week, Compper said: "I'm fit and I train very well".

'I felt there was a lot of positives from the game.

You play so many games and at certain times in the season that's going to happen so we'll just have to deal with it. "So it's a great thing for the players to know that people are putting their hands in their pocket to come and watch them".

"It's something we can't control but I'm looking forward to the match".

"My experience up here of being in the semi-finals have been brilliant, the atmosphere and we have been able to make the final which has been great".

"They have had a really good start and we know Hearts is always going to be a hard team to beat", Lustig was quoted as saying by the Herald.


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