Scott Brown has challenged his fellow Celtic start to prove manager Brendan Rodgers wrong by playing well in Europe in the New Year.

Speaking after the Hoops lost at home to Anderlecht at Celtic Park last night, Rodgers said:

Some of our players have a long way to go before they can call themselves players at this level.

Whilst Celtic won’t be playing Champions League football after the turn of the new year, they will be in the Last 32 of the Europa League and Brown has challenged the squad to use that competition as way of showing that they are good enough to play on the continental stage.

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He said:

Those are always hard words to hear but this is when you have to go and prove everyone wrong. Tuesday was a very disappointing game but we know we can play better than that. It’s the big games that count but we didn’t do that against Anderlecht.

Brown went on to say that he is looking forward to the draw on Friday and that the squad need to learn from the mistakes that they’ve made in Europe in recent seasons in order to endure that they have a good run in the competition.

There are some fantastic teams in the hat so we’re looking forward to the draw on Friday. We can take a lot of lessons into the Europa League, especially about playing at home. We need to get a victory or something to hold on to when we go away from home.