ZENIT ST PETERSBURG are aiming to become the ninth team to beat Celtic on their travels since Brendan Rodgers arrived in May 2016.

The Irishman has been in charge of the Hoops in 52 competitive games away from Parkhead – and has seen his side lose on eight occasions.

Rodgers got his managerial career at his boyhood favourites off to a nightmare start with a sensational 1-0 flop against the semi-professionals of Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar on July 12, 2016.

He guided the team to a 3-0 victory in the Champions League qualifier second leg and, after a 1-1 draw with Astana in Kazakhstan and a 2-1 triumph in Glasgow, he saw his side take a 5-2 lead to Hapoel Be’er Sheva on August 23.

The Bhoys scraped through to the group stages after losing 2-0 in a nervy return game in Israel.

Barcelona, with Lionel Messi claiming a hat-trick, routed Rodgers’ men 7-0 in the Nou Camp the following month.

This season, the team have lost five times in 22 encounters away from the east end of Glasgow.

Astana overcame them 4-3 in the Champions League play-off, but the Hoops got through 8-4 on aggregate after triumphing 5-0 in the first leg.

Rodgers also witnessed his team losing in the group stages to Bayern Munich (3-0) and Paris Saint- Germain (7-1).

They lost their Invincibles tag against domestic opposition when they toppled 4-0 against Hearts at Tynecastle in December and Kilmarnock inflicted further punishment in their 1-0 triumph at Rugby Park at the start of the month.

Overall, Celtic have won 37 of their 52 away matches – including six at Hampden – drawn seven and lost eight.

They have scored 113 goals and conceded 57.


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