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Celtic have rosy Euro outlook, says Craig Gordon

Big player: Craig Gordon had to make important saves
Big player: Craig Gordon had to make important saves

By Ronnie Esplin

Craig Gordon remains confident that Celtic can get themselves out of an awkward Champions League spot against Rosenborg in Norway next week.

The Hoops drew a blank in the first leg of the third round qualifier at Parkhead on Wednesday, with the Scotland keeper making several good saves against the neat and tidy Eliteserien leaders.

The Scottish champions face a precarious return game in Trondheim on Wednesday but, ahead of a friendly at Sunderland today, the former Black Cats keeper said: "It could have been worse. We could have been going there behind but we are still very much in it. It wasn't a terrible result to get at home, the clean sheet was really important. We are satisfied with it.

"If we get the away goal over there we are in the driving seat.

"We didn't manage to get a goal but we are still in a decent position. I'm sure that we have enough in the dressing room to come through the game.

"Rosenborg will be quietly confident that they can get the win. It is going to be a close game but we are confident in our abilities to go away from home and win."

Meanwhile, boss Brendan Rodgers revealed his reasoning behind not adding a third quality centre-forward to his squad, but admits he may have to reconsider.

The Ulsterman said: "With all due respect to Scottish football, you can't have three top strikers.

"You are not playing in the Premier League or a real competitive league.

"It is equally as tough (here) but in a different way. You cannot bring in another top striker because the dynamic wouldn't work within the group, within the model of how we play, it is not going to suit us.

"But it is something that we have to look at.

"If Moussa (Dembele) is out until that period and Leigh (Griffiths) is up and down with his fitness then of course we would have to look to get one in.

"The idea is to maybe get one other player in before the end of the window but of course this period now between the games is very difficult to get one in.

"I am not one for stockpiling players. I don't want to bring in one for the sake of it.

"It needs to be the right quality and needs to be something that is right within the dynamics of the team and squad."

The former Swansea and Liverpool boss claims the pressure is now on Rosenborg for the return game.

"The game will open up over there," said Rodgers.

"There is huge pressure on them playing at home," added the Carnlough native.

"They will want to show that they are the team with the initiative and so that should open up a little more space."

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