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Celtic news: Brendan Rodgers delighted as FIVE Bayern Munich stars withdraw from clash

Brendan Rodgers.

Brendan Rodgers needs a result to keep Celtic in the Champions League

Juan Bernat, Manuel Neuer, and Franck Ribery had already been sidelined with their respective injuries.

But Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski have today not travelled with Carlo Ancelotti’s side to Glasgow.

Muller scored against Celtic in the reverse fixture, which Bayern won 3-0.

Polish forward Lewandowski missed the trip after pulling up with a thigh injury during the 2-0 Bundesliga win over RB Leipzig.

And it is the news of the two latest absentees which has Rodgers rubbing his hands.

Lewandowski.

Lewandowski is ruled out with a thigh injury

Rogers said: "Of course it is two players who have been world class consistently for a number of years.

"Lewandowski is one of the world's best strikers with his movement, his speed and the quality, and he has been consistently doing that for few years.

"And Muller is a player who I have always loved in terms of wherever he has played, whether a striker, or on the right, or as he did against us, an advanced midfield player.

"He is a very gifted player and his will and desire to play well is always there.

"So those two players, of course, will be a miss for them but they have some very good players behind that to come in like James Rodriguez, who came in and scored in one of the last few games.

Muller.

Muller did not make the trip to Celtic Park

"They are a talented team, they have been put together to win this competition so we know the magnitude of the test but it is one that we will relish."

Defeat will all-but guarantee the end of Celtic’s Champions League hopes for another season – something Rodgers is desperate to avoid.

"Listen, we respect that they are a very good side," Rodgers said.

"All we can do is control what we can, so whatever Bayern Munich's intentions are I have the utmost respect for them and their team."

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