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Rangers and Celtic have Europa League fate in their own hands

 

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, left, and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, left, and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Celtic and Rangers still have their Europa League destiny in their own hands after both sides kept their dreams alive last night.

The Hoops beat Rosenborg 1-0 in Norway to ensure they only need a home draw with Salzburg in their final game, while Rangers must win at Rapid Vienna after they drew 0-0 with Villarreal at Ibrox.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers claimed: "It is very hard to just play for a point and a draw. We want to win the game and use the whole Celtic Park experience and atmosphere to push us over the line."

Gers boss Steven Gerrard, after watching his side play the entire second half a man down following Daniel Candeias' sending-off, was delighted with his men's effort.

"It feels like a win after going down to 10 men," he said. "Now we've got an unbelievable opportunity to get to the round of 32."

Elsewhere, Chelsea won their group by defeating PAOK 4-0 at Stamford Bridge, while Arsenal joined them in the last 32 with a 3-0 win away to Vorskla Poltava.

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