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  • Manager praises players after hard-fought win

    Manager praises players after hard-fought win

    By: Tony Connelly on 11 Aug, 2017 23:05

  • BRENDAN Rodgers praised his players for prevailing in tonight’s Glasgow derby against Partick Thistle in which Celtic took all three points at Firhill thanks to Olivier Ntcham’s stunning first-half volley.

    The Frenchman clinched the win for the Hoops in the 25th minute after the hosts could only partially clear a Celtic corner, with the new Bhoy on hand to strike the ball perfectly from outside the box.

    Although the manager acknowledged his team could have performed at a higher level, he was quick to credit his team for coming away with the win.

    “I would obviously want us to play better and perform better, but there are so many games in such a short space of time and you’re playing against an opponent who’s going to make it difficult for us,” he said.

    “I’m still really proud of the players and the way they came through it. You’re never going to play perfect football in every game. There were moments in the game where I thought we were very good and others I thought we could have been better. If we took our chances it would have been a bit more comfortable than how it was towards the end when its 1-0.”

    Celtic dominated possession throughout the contest and Kieran Tierney, in particular, troubled the Jags with blistering runs forward and numerous crosses into the box.

    While the Hoops failed to add to Ntcham’s thundering strike, they did create a number of chances and their never looked in danger of losing their grip on the points.

    “I think it was a game that we were in control of without being at our best,” added the Irishman. “Of course, when you don’t take your chances then you need to stand up and be strong. I think the maturity of the team allowed us to see it through to the end.”

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