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Celtic midfielder Callum Mc Gregor believes RB Leipzig will provide a tough test for the Scottish champions

Celtic midfielder Callum Mc Gregor believes RB Leipzig will provide a tough test for the Scottish champions

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.

Rodgers, whose side have three points from their first two fixtures, challenged those fringe players who will come in to make their mark and, in the first of a double-header against the German side, he is looking for a better performance after their 3-1 defeat to Salzburg in their last European outing.

Tom Rogic is missing with a knee issue, while Felip Benkovic's fitness is being montiored ahead of the game.

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

Combined with their costly defensive lapses, Celtic offered little going forward, and they nearly fell three behind when Jean-Kevin Augustin had a fierce strike tipped onto the post by Craig Gordon after 65 minutes.

Celtic sit third in Group B, and trail RB Leipzig by three points, and also trail group leaders RB Salzburg by six.

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Rodgers has been quick to downplay Arzani's lack of opportunities to date and most recently said he has been impressed with the teenager's progress. These games will be very important.

"In the summer I said to him that his game time was very limited and if he wanted to play regular football in his remaining years he would probably have to move".

"I don't care if Newcastle are looking at him and thinking that he might be the man if they part company with Rafa Benitez or if Leicester are thinking that he might be a better option than Claude Puel", Hartson writes in the Evening Times.

On the contrary, Brendan Rodgers' double-treble feat has been thrilling to watch and has provided those of us in the media with reams of copy.

"Having 60,000 at home will be a great opportunity".

"We have stabilised the team in recent weeks, we have been performing well and this gives them a chance to show how well they have been training".

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