Celtic gear up to face 'world class' Manchester City with final training session as Brendan Rodgers says he's under no illusions of the task at hand

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Celtic have been adding the final touches to their preparations ahead of hosting Manchester City at Parkhead on Wednesday.

Brendan Rodgers put his side through their paces at their Lennoxtown base as they look to bounce back from their match day one mauling at the hands of Barcelona with an improved, more aggressive display against City.

The Celtic boss is under no illusions as to the task his side face when Pep Guardiola and Co visit Glasgow.

Celtic have been adding the final touches to their preparations as they host Manchester City

Celtic have been adding the final touches to their preparations as they host Manchester City

The Parkhead stars were put through their paces at their picturesque Lennoxtown base

The Parkhead stars were put through their paces at their picturesque Lennoxtown base

Celtic captain Scott Brown stretches out as he gears for the Champions League clash with City

Celtic captain Scott Brown stretches out as he gears for the Champions League clash with City

The Hoops were thrashed 7-0 by Barcelona in their Champions League Group C opener in the Nou Camp and match day two brings Pep Guardiola’s in-form side who have won their first 10 games in all competitions this season.

Rodgers, who confirmed that Craig Gordon would take over in goal from Dorus de Vries who is still not 100 per cent after having to go off at half-time in the 6-1 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend, is excited about taking on the Premier League leaders.

However, he knows his players will need to work hard to reduce the disparity between the two sides.

‘It is really exciting,’ said the former Swansea and Liverpool boss. ‘But Man City are a top team, everyone can see that clearly, they have that world-class ability, great individuals who are working hard. 

Brendan Rodgers is under no illusions of the task his side face when Pep Guardiola and Co visit

Brendan Rodgers is under no illusions of the task his side face when Pep Guardiola and Co visit

Scott Sinclair puts in the legwork as he prepares to face his former club in at Parkhead

Scott Sinclair puts in the legwork as he prepares to face his former club in at Parkhead

‘We know we have to bring our A game to have any chance and that is something hopefully we can do.

‘The reality is if they bring their A game and we bring ours, they win. But we know we have to make it as uncomfortable as we can for them.

‘As a coach and players these are the types of occasions and games that you look forward to and we look forward to it.

Leigh Griffiths  was clearly feeling the chill during the session

Mikael Lustig looked focused as Celtic were put through their paces

Leigh Griffiths (left) and Mikael Lustig looked focused as they were put through their paces

‘We have a respect for their qualities and their game but we have to ensure we are super-committed into our way of working and we know we have players that can give them a problem.

‘I have watched them in the last four or five seasons and they have always had an outstanding group of players, winning leagues and cups.

‘But the level of play has gone up since Pep has come in.

‘The intensity has gone up and they are a team working with one idea and they are a hard team to contain. We know it is going to be a difficult night but we know it is going to be a difficult night for them.’ 

Kolo Toure is another Celtic player preparing to square up against his former side 

Kolo Toure is another Celtic player preparing to square up against his former side 

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