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  • Manager pleased with  professional performance in Paradise

    Manager pleased with professional performance in Paradise

    By: Mark Henderson on 20 Jan, 2018 18:10

  • BRENDAN Rodgers was pleased with the professional manner his side dispatched Brechin City today to book their place in the Scottish Cup fifth round.

    The Celts cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Championship strugglers in Paradise, with James Forrest, Scott Sinclair, Olivier Ntcham, Dedryck Boyata and Odsonne Eduoard on target.

    In the Hoops’ first match since the winter break, the manager was satisfied with the display and how his team quickly put the result beyond doubt, allowing him to make three second-half substitutes.

    “I think that you come back and you want to get into your rhythm as soon as you can,” he said. “Brechin came with a good spirit. They have had a tough season so far but history tells you these types of games can be difficult for you.

    “We started the game well and created chances and took our goals well at good times. It was a professional performance.

    “I never disrespect any opponent as there never any easy games now. I felt I could have picked whatever team and would still have a strong side, but it was important to get our rhythm back early and get a good result.

    “Similar to last season when we came back and played a team from a lower division, it’s important you go and work well, and we did that.

    "I said to the guys that the plan today was to see if we could get the job done as early as we could, as I wanted to give some oxygen to the players who hadn’t been playing so much.”

    Leigh Griffiths wasn’t involved against the Glebe Park outfit because of an ankle knock, but the Hoops boss was hopeful the striker would return to the reckoning for Tuesday’s Glasgow derby away to Partick Thistle.  

    “He had an ankle injury at the beginning of the week so he hadn’t trained and it was too much to risk him today,” he said. “He is going to join in a session after the game and hopefully he will come through and that will allow him to be available for Tuesday.”

    And asked if Celtic were close to adding to their squad, having already signed Marvin Compper and Lewis Morgan during the January transfer window, the manager said: "Not that I’m aware of as of yet, but there is obviously work going on with the club behind the scenes.

    "It’s just about getting the right type of quality that can improve us – that’s what’s important and that’s never easy.  

    "A lot of work has to go in before you do that. We are hoping between now and the end of the month we can do that, and that injection of quality into the team will then serve us well hopefully for the rest of the season."

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