Celtic were handed a massive boost heading into their Europa League clash against RB Leipzig at home this Thursday after it was confirmed that Emil Forsberg would be absent for the visitors due to injury.
Speaking ahead of the game, Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick told AFP that he expected Forsberg to be sidelined until after the next international break, which obviously bodes well for Celtic’s chances given the Swedish playmaker’s ability.
And now those chances could be increased even further with another key player for the Bundlesiga outfit now set to miss the game.
According to Leipziger Volkszeitung (via the Daily Record), Leipzig are strongly considering the idea of making significant changes to their starting XI with a tough game against Bayer Leverkusen set to follow their Europa League encounter versus Celtic, and striker Timo Werner is just one player who could be rested.
Over the last few seasons, Werner has become one of the leading No.9s in the Bundesliga and is now a starter in Joachim Low’s Germany side.
With that in mind, not using the 22-year-old against Celtic would be quite an arrogant move from Leipzig, especially with Forsberg not being available.
Nevertheless, putting out a significant weaker team is great news for the Bhoys’ hopes of winning all three points on the night and making qualification into the knockout round of the competition.
And it is something that Brendan Rodgers’ men, simply put, have to take advantage of. There are no excuses for losing to a second-string Leipzig team if the club really do aspire to go far in Europe.