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‘WE’RE READY FOR EXTRA EURO CHALLENGE,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS will not be deterred by the extra challenge of getting Celtic into the Champions League group stages again next season.

The Scottish champions will have to successfully negotiate FOUR rounds – eight games – to gain entry into the latter stages of Europe’s elite competition.

The Hoops are odds-on to lift their seventh successive title and battle for a place in the money-spinning competition.

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Rodgers said: “That’s the challenge. Year on year, it gets more difficult and next season there is an extra qualification round.

“These are the obstacles we have to get over and the challenges that face us.

“In Europe, the game is based around finance and we are in a league that doesn’t give us a lot of finance.

“So, just like on the field of play we have to find a way.

“The beauty of Celtic is that we are trying to create and rely on ourselves and no-one else.

“When you are like that you will have sustainable success and that is important.”

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