Scott Sinclair, James Forrest and Patrick Roberts travel to Israel as Celtic look to finish the job!

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Updated: August 23, 2016

Scott Sinclair, James Forrest and Patrick Roberts all travel to Israel as Celtic face Hapoel Beer Sheva in the second leg of their Champions League play-off.

The Hoops have a 5-2 lead from the first leg and will be keen to remain focused and finish the job that they have started.

When Brendan Rodgers took control of the Glasgow club one of his key objectives was to reach the group stages of the competition.

They are close but there is still work that has to be done – the club’s fans and owners will still remember 12 months ago when they took a 3-2 lead to Sweden only to lose 2-0 and crash out!

Hapoel’s coach Barak Bakhar knows the tie isn’t dead and after leading his team to their first title in 40 years he has shown he knows how to create an upset or two.

A concern for Rodgers is his team’s poor European away form where they have only won two of their last 14 away games since they last progressed to the Group Stage and just nine times in their last 62 which dates back to 2003.

Young winger Roberts is fit again after missing three weeks with an injury but might have to settle for a place on the bench as James Forrest and Scott Sinclair have been on good form in his absence and are likely to start.

 

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