Scottish Gossip: Aberdeen, Rangers, Hearts, Celtic, League Cup semi-finals

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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.

Australian midfielder Daniel Arzani was handed a training session with the Celtic first-team on Tuesday as he gradually starts to work his way into Brendan Rodgers' plans. I think Jozo will struggle.' Rodgers does not have his problems to seek ahead of Sunday's encounter, with a number of key players unavailable.

Rodgers believes that irrespective of the result against RB Leipzig, his side, who have scored 10 goals in their last two Premiership matches, will still go into Sunday's League Cup semi-final against Hearts at Murrayfield with optimism.

'I've seen enough to know we can win the game at home, ' the Celtic boss insisted.


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

Rangnick said: "It looks like these two teams will be fighting for second spot". If we are going to have any aspiration of getting through the group, it's a game first and foremost we have to win. Salzburg have won both their games and I would expect them to win both matches against Rosenborg.

'I felt we were finding the spaces well and were getting into good positions moving forward. I thought we started the game very well.

"But I do know Brendan Rodgers from Celtic and his spell at Liverpool and we know how he likes his teams to play".


He said: "We'd like to have everybody available but that's always going to happen at different points during the season".

"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. 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".

"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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