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Rodgers: Qualifying for Europa League knockout a ‘great achievement.’

Brendan Rodgers has hailed the ‘great achievement’ of his Celtic side after they secured qualification to the Europa League knock-out stages.

The Scottish champions were beaten 2-1 by group winners Salzburg at Celtic Park on Thursday, but Rosenborg’s 1-1 draw at Red Bull Leipzig ensured Rodgers’ side progressed to the last-32 as Group B runners-up.

“I am so happy for the players, so many games and to step up and get that reward at the end of it and qualify is a great achievement for them.’’ Rodgers told his post match press conference.

“You have two Champions League teams in Salzburg and Leipzig, the investment, everything that goes into their organisation which is based to succeed. So for us to come out on top against a high-ranking team from one of the top European leagues, Leipzig, is another big step in the progress of our players.

“There is still so much for them to learn and improve but year on year they are getting better and better and like I say, to qualify for the last 32 is a brilliant achievement for us. We will look forward to the draw. I am sure it will be a tough team.”

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