Date: 13th February 2018 at 7:15pm
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The statistics say otherwise but there’s little doubt that Celtic’s season could do with a lift against Zenit on Thursday night.

Highlights have been a rarity this season, 12 months ago Celtic fans were feasting on a side that was genuinely scoring for fun and hitting new heights game by game.

Having secured third place in their Champions League group the hoops should be looking forward confidently to the Europa League but there is a distinct lack of optimism ahead of facing a team that few fans know much about.

Roberto Mancini and a transfer budget that appears limitless seems to have cast a shadow over the Celtic support that have watched their side toil against Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle in recent weeks.

Putting in a solid 90 minute performance without losing a goal would be a step forward, rediscovering the form shown away to Anderlecht and Aberdeen would be a dream come true.

Sorting out the defence has been a season long problem with an incredible run of injuries but before Thursday night Rodgers is expected to get it right with what could well be a very new partnership.

Celtic Park can be magical on European nights but only in qualifiers in recent times, a win and performance to match is exactly the tonic that the team and supporters are looking for from the visit of Zenit.