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  • Manager praises Celtic youngster after Champions League bow

    Manager praises Celtic youngster after Champions League bow

    By: Tony Connelly on 12 Sep, 2017 23:20

  • BRENDAN Rodgers gave credit to a clinical Paris Saint-German side after they left Celtic Park with all three points tonight. But he also praised teenager Anthony Ralston for his performance in his first-ever start in the UEFA Champions League.

    The visitors left Celtic disappointed after their impressive passing, movement and attacking play saw them earn a 5-0 win over the Hoops.

    Speaking to the media following the game, the manager touched on the quality of Unai Emery’s side, and 18 year-old Ralston’s task of marking the most expensive player in the world in Neymar.

    “We had a very disappointing first half," said the Hoops boss. “Defensively we were too far off them. We didn’t keep the ball for long enough and the best teams in the world will punish you for that

    “The supporters were brilliant for us tonight, though. We were much better in the second, we showed the supporters that and they acknowledged that. You have to give credit to them though, they are a really special team and they’re going to be close to winning it for sure.

    When asked about Ralston’s performance in the game, the manager added: “Overall, as an 18 year-old, I thought he was excellent.

    "In fairness it was a difficult start for him. Just before Neymar scored we had the ball and he was on his way up the pitch, but we concede the ball cheaply and with his pace he breaks away.

    "But, overall, I thought he stood up to it, made some great blocks and the overall experience he will get from that will be huge.

    “He played his first UEFA Champions League game against one of the best players in the world and I thought he coped very well with it. I was very pleased for him and that will stand him in good stead going forward.”

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