Can Leipzig's Peter Gulacsi leave Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers red-faced?

Head coach Brendan Rodgers of Celtic looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between FC Salzburg and Celtic at Red Bull Arena Wals-Siezenheim on October 4, 2018 in Salzburg,...

Scottish Premiership giants Celtic face Bundesliga high-flyers RB Leipzig in the Europa League on Thursday.

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic shows appreciation to the fans prior to the first leg UEFA Champions League Qualifier match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park Stadium on July...

One man in particular has a point to prove to Brendan Rodgers as Celtic travel to Germany for a crucial Europa League clash with RB Leipzig on Thursday.

After a 3-1 defeat to Salzburg before the international break, The Hoops simply need to pick up a positive result against the Bundesliga high-flyers if they are to continue their European adventure into 2019.

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But their chances of a vital three points, or even one, are far from guaranteed with Peter Gulacsi in fine form for Leipzig. And he is a man who knows Rodgers well.

 

After all, the Hungarian international spent a year under the current Celtic boss at Liverpool between 2012 and 2013. But Gulacsi did not make a single first-team appearance under the Northern Irishman and was then released at the end of the season.

Though since emerging back onto the scene with Leipzig, promoted to the Bundesliga in 2016, Gulacsi has established himself as arguably one of the most underrated shot-stoppers in the continent.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Pepe Reina and Peter Gulacsi of Liverpool look on during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on May 17, 2013 in Liverpool, England.

The 28-year-old has continued his outstanding form this season, one year after being named as the Bundesliga’s best goalkeeper by influential German magazine Kicker. He has come on leaps and bounds and Celtic’s forwards will need to be at their best to beat him this week.

Rodgers will be praying that his decision to discard Gulacsi five years ago does not come back to haunt him.

Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi of RB Leipzig looks on during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and RB Leipzig at WWK-Arena on October 20, 2018 in Augsburg, Germany.

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