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Summary

  1. Celtic v Borussia Monchengladbach (Wed)
  2. Brendan Rodgers says Celtic improving each day
  3. Gladbach struggling with injuries
  4. We're still on a high - Anna Signeul on Scotland Women reaching Euro finals

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By Keir Murray and Andy Burke

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for your company today. Join us tomorrow for all the latest Scottish football news. We'll also be building up to that crucial Champions League match between Celtic and Borussia Monchengladbach.

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Chris McLaughlin

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The Borussia Monchenglabach midfielder Christoph Kramer says they don't fear the Celtic Park atmosphere, but admits a draw could be acceptable for his side in tomorrow night's Champions League game. 

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko says the Germans should be frightened of the noise made by the home fans at Parkhead. 

The Bundesliga side have yet to secure a point in the group while Celtic go into the game after a morale-boosting draw against Manchester City. 

'Teams should fear playing at Celtic Park'

Celtic v Borussia Monchengladbach (Wednesday, KO 19:45)

Erik Sviatchenko says Borussia Monchengladbach should be "frightened" ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Celtic.

The Danish defender thinks the Germans could struggle with the intimidating Celtic Park atmosphere.

"Players come here, teams come here - they need to be frightened," Sviatchenko said.

"We'll do our best to create that intensity towards the game tomorrow."

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Erik Svaitchenko says Manchester City's stars struggled to cope with the intimidating Celtic Park atmosphere

McPake extends Dens stay

He's signed on until 2019.....

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Celtic central defender Erik Sviatchenko promises the team's best efforts to create grounds for an intense atmosphere at Celtic Park.

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'Celtic Park takes your breath away'

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: “It’s a very, very difficult place to come. There’s absolutely no doubt about it. It’s renowned throughout the world, Celtic Park. 

"I always feel it’s the players on the field who spark off the supporters. I think the intensity and passion here is incredible. It does take your breath away, the game and the atmosphere that’s created. 

"There’s a real good vibrancy, positivity around the club, spirit within the team and in the stands. Together we have to keep making these strides forward and big games like tomorrow night allow you to hopefully do that.”

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Looking for a good return

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: “We’ve got to set the tone again for the supporters, who are amazing, and then hopefully look to get the three points which would actually be a good return for us. 

"They might have one or two players missing but they’re still going to be a very good team. Offensively they’ve always got numbers around the ball. They like to work, they like to press, so it should be a really good game. For us we need to try and find the solutions to exploit that. 

"They’ve shown in their domestic league that they’ve been growing over the last few seasons.”

Gladbach are in town

Borussia Monchengladbach head coach Andre Schubert heads for the team coach to take them to their hotel, after which he will hold a media conference at Celtic Park at 18:30 and training half an hour later.

Borussia Monchengladbach head coach Andre Schubert
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Rodgers' Christmas wish

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: “We’re here to win, tomorrow night in particular. Our home games we want to ensure we can get a victory. I think we always felt if we could be in European football after Christmas then that would be fantastic. 

"The players in a very short space of time have made a lot of great strides. This competition was always going to help us on the journey in terms of development of players. 

"You saw the performance against Manchester City - it was a real high level. We showed that we can compete at this level, but you’ve got to then back that up.”

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Touchdown in Glasgow! 👌 #UCL #CFCBMG

Touchdown in Glasgow! 👌 #UCL #CFCBMG

Better every day

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: “We’re not thinking about where we finish (in the group) at this moment in time. We’re just looking at this next game. We know that we’re in the most difficult group. 

"This year’s Champions League experience was going to be great learning for us, and from when we played against Manchester City we are a better team. 

"We’re getting better as each day goes on. The younger players are gaining more experience and this type of occasion here tomorrow is going to benefit the players.”

Rodgers ready for 'Gladbach

Celtic v Borussia Monchengladback (Wednesday, KO 19:45)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has been taking questions from the media ahead of Celtic's Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach tomorrow night.

“Our home games are always going to be very important for us. We hope we can produce the same performance as our last game here (against Manchester City) but get the right result. 

"We were obviously disappointed we didn’t get the win in the end but the performance level was particularly pleasing. 

"Equally tough game, a different type of challenge but going to be a very tough game against a very good side, but we’ll be ready for it.”

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Brendan Rodgers faces the media ahead of Celtic's Champions League clash with Borussioa Monchengladbach

'We are a little bit taller'

Women's international: Scotland v Netherlands (Thursday, KO 19:00)

Scotland Women's manager Anna Signuel has been speaking ahead of her side's friendly international against Netherlands at Livingston on Thursday.

Signeul says her squad is still on a high having sealed qualification to next year's European Championship.

“It’s fantastic. We’re still on a cloud I think. It’s really exciting times now to build up to the Euros and this game on Thursday will be the first step. We have ninth months now to prepare and we’re going to do our best.

“These games are always challenging, especially against physical teams. We did very well against Iceland and we’re determined to continue on that, that we can beat teams that are this physical. It will be a very good game.

“Of course this is a boost. We are a little bit taller.

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Anna Signeul led her side to qualification for the 2017 European Championship

Will Strachan make a leap of faith over Griffiths?

Aw, hurry up!!!

Injury-hit Gladbach's key players

Liam McLeod's rousing commentaries for BBC Scotland can make your hair stand on end. He may have a passion for describing the action at big matches but sometimes - not often - he falls into silence, especially when he's researching a Scottish team's foreign opponents. 

Here, from his commentator's notes, are Liam's four players to watch in the Borussia Monchengladbach ranks...

Oscar Wendt was on the bench for Copenhagen when the Danes lost a Champions League match at Celtic Park a decade ago
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Oscar Wendt was on the bench for Copenhagen when the Danes lost a Champions League match at Celtic Park a decade ago

The men in black

Referee Kevin Clancy will be in charge of Saturday's Betfred League Cup semi-final between Morton and Aberdeen, and Craig Thomson will officiate the Rangers-Celtic semi the following day. Both matches are at Hampden.

Kevin Clancy will referee the Morton-Aberdeen League Cup semi on Saturday at the national stadium
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Kevin Clancy will referee the Morton-Aberdeen League Cup semi on Saturday at the national stadium

A question of perspective

Now, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan may not have actually said that he wasn't selecting Leigh Griffiths on account of his height, but this picture from Celtic's training session at Lennoxtown today suggests the Celtic striker would need springs in his boots if he were to beat someone of Mikael Lustig's stature to a high ball into the box.

Leigh Griffiths, Mikael Lustig and Tom Rogic train ahead of the Champions League tie against Borussia Monchengladbach
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Leigh Griffiths, Mikael Lustig and Tom Rogic train ahead of Celtic's Champions League tie against Borussia Monchengladbach

Glad to be back in Glasgow, Gladbach?

PA have been looking at Gladbach's European pedigree...

"Borussia enjoyed sustained success in the 1970s, losing to Liverpool in two European finals and a semi-final and winning two Uefa Cups before another final defeat to Frankfurt in 1980. But they disappeared from the European scene altogether for 16 years until 2012. They made their debut in the Champions League group stages last season, taking five points from a group featuring Manchester City, Juventus and Sevilla. Their heaviest defeat in Europe came in Scotland in 1960 when they were thrashed 8-0 by Rangers."

Back where it began - #Borussia's first European away match was in Glasgow in 1960, albeit against @RangersFC. We f… twitter.com/i/web/status/7…