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‘WHY CELTIC NOW HAVE BELIEF,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS insists Celtic will show no fear in the Champions League against some of Europe’s biggest guns.

The Hoops were taught a harsh lesson when they were hammered 7-0 by Barcelona in their opening group game of last year’s campaign at the Nou Camp.

But this time Rodgers is backing his side to stand tall when big-spending Paris Saint-Germain perform at Parkhead on September 12.

He said: “If you think too much about it then, of course, you wouldn’t sleep.

“But our aim is to be competitive in the group and everything has to be without fear.

“One of the key elements at this level is believing in yourself.

“We have good players who are developing and learning and we have to go into these games without fear. If you do your best and give everything you always have a chance.

“And we saw that last year in the improvement from that first game in Barcelona, when we probably did play with fear.

“Then we developed through and actually looked like a team that deserved to be there after that.

“When you think back to the wave of optimism which came here with Manchester City for the next game – they’d won their first 10 games and they were blowing teams away in the most competitive league in the world.

“But they came to Celtic Park and they got a fright and that was due to the level that our players performed at.

“That was a big game for us, both in terms of the result and our display. That fed into the confidence of the group and we developed from there.

“Now we’ve earned the right to be there again let’s go and show that we can make another step.”

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