In Focus: Rodgers’ approach will give Celtic best chance of joy vs PSG

As reported by The Daily Record, Brendan Rodgers has set out how he wants his team to approach Tuesday night’s massive clash against Paris Saint-Germain.

What’s the story?

The Hoops are due to take on one of Europe’s best attacking sides right now as they kick-off their UEFA Champions League campaign at Celtic Park.

With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani set to feature, it’s going to be a massively difficult task for the home side to get any sort of result. However, that isn’t going to stop Rodgers’ side trying to stamp their presence on the match.

As quoted by The Daily Record, Rodgers said:

Our identity is important. Of course, you have to respect your opponent and the qualities they have. But I’ve always been about playing without fear – and making sure our rivals know they’re in a game. And PSG will do when the whistle goes. I always want us to really test the opponent. See how they feel under pressure. When you’re breathing right up against them, if you can touch them, you’re pressing them. If they get out of that press, that’s OK. They’ve earned their £600,000 a week. And they’ll do it a few times. But we keep going back. It doesn’t guarantee you a result but it gives you a chance.

Those will be thrilling words for Celtic supporters to hear ahead of the match, but can they possibly pick up a shock result?

The right approach

Brendan Rodgers is correct in his assessment of how the Hoops should go about their business on Tuesday night. Celtic fans, while hopeful, are not expecting any sort of result, but at the very least want to see their team have a real go at PSG’s richly assembled squad.

Celtic must play to their strengths if they’re to get a result and that means putting the focus on attack and getting players like Kieran Tierney and Olivier Ntcham forward in support of stars who can provide the finishing touch, such as Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts.

If there are no regrets on Wednesday morning, Celtic fans will be happy regardless of the result.

If the Hoops can execute Rodgers’ ambitious game plan, whose to say that result will not be a positive one against the odds?