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  • Manager: We'll pick ourselves up when we return to Paradise

    Manager: We'll pick ourselves up when we return to Paradise

    By: Tony Connelly on 05 Dec, 2018 22:39

  • BRENDAN Rodgers admitted he was disappointed with Celtic’s performance after Motherwell held the Scottish champions to a draw at Fir Park. The Hoops took the lead early on as Ryan Christie continued his excellent run of form with another goal, but they were unable to kill the game off and the home side punished them for it with a late equaliser.

    Speaking to the media after the game, the manager said: “It wasn’t a very good performance. It was a game we didn’t play very well in. We scored a good goal in the first half, had a chance we didn’t take from a penalty and then had a goal ruled out from Filip Benkovic.

    “I wasn’t happy with our positioning and the level of our game in the first half. In the second half we were a bit better. We had more control and our position was a bit better, but at times we were too loose.

    “If you don’t take opportunities in the game, then you leave yourself vulnerable at the end. It was a disappointing goal to concede, so it was definitely two points lost.

    “We knew what we were going to get and any threat that they were going to have. We dealt with that in the main very well. Craig had hardly anything to do. From our perspective it was poor. We didn’t win the second and third ball and they scored from a very narrow angle, so it was a disappointing goal for us to concede.

    “Tonight we just made too many mistakes. It’s always good for me as a manager to see a game like that. We’ll get back again and recover. It’s disappointing to concede the late goal but we’re looking forward to playing at home. It seems like ages since we’ve been at home."

    Brendan Rodgers made seven changes to the starting XI that won the League Cup at Hampden on Sunday and insisted he had no choice but to freshen things up.

    “You can’t go through a season with 11 players, so we made the changes,” said the manager. “We have players injured, too, so it was what we had to do. It’s good for me to have a look and see the level that some of them are at.

    “Jonny Hayes did great. He hasn’t played for a little bit of time but his thrust, his energy and his pressing was good. He showed moments of quality, having not played for a while. But for us, and the level we’ve been at, it wasn’t so good.”

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