Celtic have not won the Champions League since 2013: ‘It’s a long time, but we are ready’

Brendan Rodgers has urged Celtic to be brave as the Scottish side try to end their 10-year wait for a Champions League group stage win on Wednesday at Parkhead.

Celtic have not picked up three points in a Champions League game at home since a 2-1 win over Ajax in October 2013 when Neil Lennon was in charge of the Glasgow club.

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The Scots are three more group stage campaigns without a win in front of their own fans ahead of Wednesday’s visit to Lazio.

Defeated 2-0 by Feyenoord in the first game of Group E, Scottish champions Celtic desperately need a win over the Italian side to start their bid to qualify for the knockout stage.

“Obviously, a decade is a long time, but I think it demonstrates the level. It’s an elite competition and even the teams that come here and that people say are not in great shape, always have quality and quality that can hurt us,” Rodgers told reporters on Tuesday.

“But we have the courage to go and play our performance and play our game and with the fans together giving that extra push, so why can’t it be the first win? That’s our mindset. We’re all ready for it, the players, the fans are going to be ready for it, they’re always there, and hopefully we’ll have a good night.”

Celtic lost to Barcelona, Borussia Monchengladbach, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Anderlecht, Real Madrid and RB Leipzig during their run of 10 games without a win. They drew with Shakhtar Donetsk last season and also had a memorable 3-3 draw with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the first game of Rodgers’ Champions League group stage in his first spell as Celtic manager seven years ago.

“It’s a game that will stay forever in my memory, just for the atmosphere and obviously because Manchester City had arrived. It was Pep’s first season, they had won 10 games in a row,” Rodgers said.

“The first memory of that was special and even though we didn’t have the results of some of the other games, we felt in the preparation and in the whole event that they are very, very good games to be a part of.”

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