Brown: We need to up our game if we're to down Zenit

A general view of Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park

Callum McGregor scored the only goal as the Hoops secured a slender first-leg advantage at Celtic Park last week and Rodgers knows his players must be at their best again in Russian Federation if they are to advance to the last 16 of the competition.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers must decide whether to recall Scott Sinclair or retain the 11 who delivered a "perfect game" against Zenit in the first leg.

Taking last weekend as an example, off the back of a 1-0 win against Zenit, arguably the club's best result of the season, Celtic played out an underwhelming 0-0 draw against league strugglers St Johnstone.

Coats and scarves are the order of the day on the freezing streets of St Petersburg but Brown was having none of it as the Celtic squad prepared for their game at the Krestovsky Stadium.

"We know that over the course of the two legs we need to replicate that, but the players are ready for that".

"We are going to need to up our game coming over here".

"It was hard last week but yet again we upped our game and we played well in the game".

"If we can get to a similar level then we have a great chance".

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One defeat in their last 12 puts Celtic in decent nick heading into this game.

The game was clearly played with the Zenit return leg in mind, and should they make it through tonight, the same issue will be presented in the round of 16.

"We know they are good players and they have quality, but so do we and we showed that last week".

"But we will expect that".

"But what we showed in the first leg is that we can match any team".

"Zenit are predominately a counter-attacking team and they have obviously scored a lot of goals in this season so far, while they also have players of quality".

"As always, we like to play with aggression and with that educated pressure on the ball", added Rodgers.


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