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Celtic v Barcelona: Riled Rodgers will have Celts up for monster Barca battle

By Jim Gracey

Brendan Rodgers expects serious questions to be asked of his Celtic side as they battle for Champions League survival against Barcelona tonight.

But some of the media pack who accompanied the Catalan giants to Glasgow may have written his team talk for him as they made a mockery of Rodgers' pre-match press conference yesterday.

Rodgers was clearly irritated at the disrespect of the Spanish press, first being asked a question about Justin Bieber training with Barca and then, more ridiculously, if he thought that the existence of the Lake Ness Monster was more believable than the legend of Lionel Messi?

"That," said Rodgers incredulously, "is the worst question I have ever been asked."

And having said his side paid Barca too much respect in their 7-0 European record thrashing at the Nou Camp in September, Rodgers now has the ammunition to return fire, using the dismissive way they have been written off to motivate his Celtic players.

Messi will play for Barca after overcoming a sickness bug to make the trip to Glasgow.

Celtic face a tall order to progress, needing at least one win against Barca or away to Manchester City, while hoping Borussia Monchengladbach lose their two meetings with the same opponents.

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