18 Oct Getting better every day
Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic have become a better side since facing Manchester City and is looking for confirmation against Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday night.
The Hoops go into their Champions League clash with the German side unbeaten domestically and hugely encouraged by the 3-3 home draw against the Premier League superstars last month.
Celtic have one point from two Group C fixtures while the Bundesliga outfit are yet to get off the mark after defeats to City and Barcelona.
Rodgers is looking for his side to show their recent improvement and get the win that would put them in the driving seat for a Europa League spot at least.
“Since we played against Manchester City we are a better team and we are getting better as each day goes on,” said the Northern Irishman.
“The younger players are gaining experience and this type of occasion will benefit the players.
“But of course we’re here to win and in our home games we want to ensure we get a victory.
“We always felt it would be fantastic if we could be in European football after Christmas.
“In a very short period of time the players have made great strides and this competition was always going to help us on the journey developing players.
“That will take time but you saw the performance against Man City, it was a real high level.
“Obviously, we were disappointed we didn’t get the win in the end but the performance level was particularly pleasing.
“We showed we can compete at this level and you have to show that you can back that up and tomorrow will be another brilliant game.
“We have to set the tone for the supporters who are amazing and hopefully we will get the three points which would be a good return for us.”
Hoops fans can be all but sure of another exhilarating European night with the former Swansea and Liverpool boss saying: “There is an obligation here as Celtic manager.
“I feel a responsibility to put out a team that plays with power, speed, creativity and unpredictability and that is what we are heading towards.
“We have players at the moment who are doing fantastic in this early part of the season but we are looking to develop that while having that improvisation and invention that I like in the team.
“But certainly up until now the players couldn’t have done any more.”