Brendan Rodgers set to dodge hostile Celtic return and Rangers journey in Europa League group stage scenario


Brendan Rodgers appears to be escaping an explosive return to Celtic Park in the Europa League group stage.

And the former Hoops boss will also fail to take Leicester City to Ibrox.

Of course, both Old Firm teams have yet to book their places with Ange Postecoglou taking a 2-0 lead over Alkmaar and Rangers holding a goal clear to Armenia to face Alashkert.

The way things are going, Rangers would be in pot two alongside Leicester who are already there with Celtic almost certain to join them for Friday’s draw.

There’s a slim chance the Hoops could make it into the first pot – and then the excitement would mount above a potential Rodgers comeback.

But it would take two draws to have massive four-goal swings.

Dinamo Zagreb are down 3-0 to Sheriff Tiraspol ahead of their Champions League play-off home game on Wednesday.

If they fail to turn the tide, they will be in the first pot for the Europa League group stage.

Olympiacos Greeks will secure their first pot status by defending a 3-0 lead over Slovan in Bratislava tomorrow.

And Slavia Prague, tied at 2-2 with Legia Warsaw towards Poland, also has a higher coefficient than Celtic and would clinch a first place in the pot if they succeed.

There was shock and fury among Celtic fans when Rodgers raised the sticks for King Power in February 2019.

They were stunned that he quit as the club marched to an eighth consecutive title.

But Rodgers thrived at Leicester, bringing them into Europe two years in a row, finishing fifth in the Premier League in 2019/20 and winning the FA Cup last season.

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