Zenit share a joke with Scott Brown ahead of second leg

Zenit share a joke with Scott Brown ahead of second leg

Kerry Wise
February 24, 2018

We know it is going to be hard but we believe we can do it.

"The manager has said that there is growth in the team and I think that is true".

As both teams gear up for the return fixture at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium on Thursday, the 20-year-old Ivorian is positive that the Celtic Park outfit can get the job done in Russian Federation despite Zenit's impressive home record this season.

"We're thriving on the experience of playing Champions League and now last 32 of the Europa League".

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes the hosts will be more attacking in front of their own supporters.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the game.

The game was clearly played with the Zenit return leg in mind, and should they make it through tonight, the same issue will be presented in the round of 16.

This will be an incredibly tight encounter but I think Celtic have enough about them to come through.

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Speaking at Celtic's hotel in St Petersburg yesterday, Rodgers said: "It would be a huge achievement for us".

"If we can get to a similar level then we have a great chance".

"They showed last week they can play".

"I have to admit Celtic's defensive structure, which had been all over the place, looked excellent last weekend to go against my prediction that they'd lose the first leg", the ex-Arsenal striker told Sky Sports.

"We showed last week we can play with aggression, quality and intensity so it gives us a great opportunity".

"They will be expected to go through over the two legs, so my mindset hasn't changed".

Rodgers said: "Zenit are predominantly a counter-attacking team and they have scored a lot of goals in their season so far, and they have players of quality". This game is crucial for their season and with or without Scott Sinclair, an early away goal would put them in a fantastic position.

"For us, we have analysed the game from the first-leg and, even though we played very well, creating opportunities and didn't concede, there are still areas where we can be better".