Patience the key for Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has told his Celtic players that patience is a virtue as they prepare to take on Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Bhoys are 5/2 to beat the Spanish side and qualify for the last 16 of the competition but Rodgers knows it won't be easy as Valencia have drawn 13 of their 23 La Liga matches this season and only conceded 20 goals.

Rodgers is hoping his players can produce a similar performance to the one they managed against RB Leipzig in the group stage of the Europa League before Christmas when they won 2-1.

"Patience is part of the game," said former Liverpool boss Rodgers.

"That's the understanding of the game. You're playing against good teams. Valencia have only lost four times all season in one of the biggest leagues in Europe.

"It's about respecting that the opponent is a good side. It's up to us to ensure we go and deliver a game and an intensity in our game that gives the supporters that hope.

"The Leipzig game was a wonderful demonstration of that, where we played really well in the game."

Kieran Tierney will miss the game, which Celtic are 14/1 to win 2-0, because of a hip injury.