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Chris Davies relays Brendan Rodgers's message to Celtic players

Brendan Rodgers, coach of Celtic and assistant Chris Davies look on during a Celtic training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Anderlecht at Lennoxtown...

Brendan Rodgers has reiterated the importance of concentration for Celtic on Thursday.

Celtic's head coach Brendan Rodgers talks during a press conference in Brussels on September 26, 2017 on the eve of the Champions League group B) football match against RSC Anderlecht.

Chris Davies has revealed to The Daily Mail that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has been drilling home the importance of concentration to his players ahead of tomorrow's clash with Zenit St Petersburg.

The Russian giants travel to Glasgow for the first leg of a last-32 Europa League tie with Celtic and Rodgers's side are big underdogs to reach the next phase of the competition.

Worryingly, the Scottish Premiership leaders haven't been at their best domestically for quite some time, grinding out a nervy 3-2 win over Partick Thistle last weekend after losing to Kilmarnock 10 days ago.

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Zenit have the personnel to pounce upon any mistake made by the Hoops tomorrow night and, according to Rodgers's assistant Davies, the Northern Irish manager has been stressing the importance of remaining switched on for the entire 90 minutes at Parkhead.

He told The Daily Mail: "The manager has been reinforcing to them the concentration aspect. It's really important at this level. When you are facing teams like Zenit it can be about that mental fatigue," he told The Mail.

"You need to concentrate, be switched on and alive, for every single moment of the game. That's going to be very important on Thursday to ensure we are defensively solid."

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It's a smart message by Rodgers, whose side have been prone to the occasional lapse of concentration on an increasingly-frequent basis.

Celtic fans won't mind elimination providing that Zenit are far and away the better side over two legs, but what will frustrate the Parkhead faithful is if Rodgers's side shoot themselves in the foot and ship soft away goals to make the return fixture a mere formality for Roberto Mancini's troops.

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