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  • Brendan Rodgers delighted with impact of new Bhoys

    Brendan Rodgers delighted with impact of new Bhoys

    By: Joe Donnelly on 24 Jan, 2019 09:31

  • BRENDAN Rodgers hailed new Bhoys Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah in the wake of last night’s (Wednesday) emphatic 4-0 win over St Mirren in the SPFL. Likewise, the manager singled out Scott Bain and 18-year-old Ewan Henderson for praise in what he described as a very bright performance.

    A first-half penalty from Scott Sinclair, a goal in each half from Burke, and a late fourth from substitute Weah secured three points for the Hoops, and the manager was keen to highlight the impact his new faces have made since signing earlier this month.

    Speaking after the St Mirren game, Brendan Rodgers said: “It was a very good win for us. I thought that first game back at the weekend was a good performance, and the mark of the best teams is going into their next game, albeit midweek, and perform better. I really enjoyed watching the game and watching how we played.

    “It was pleasing for Ollie getting his first goal for the club, Timothy coming on, young Ewan Henderson who I believe is a big talent, he just needs maturation and experience – but you could see with his beautiful pass that allows Timothy to finish. It was really good to watch.

    “Ollie is a talent. We’re coaching him, and giving him clarity in what he has to do. But his strength and power is phenomenal, and his touch is good. His job is to create goals and score goals. He assisted at the weekend and he’s got his goals against St Mirren. He’s got many, many great attributes, and it’s just about continuing to work with him, and finding the relationships with his team-mates.”

    Brendan Rodgers confirmed Dedryck Boyata’s absence from the squad was the result of a slight groin strain, and that he expects him to be available for Saturday's game against Hamiltion Accies at Paradise.

    The manager also said he plans to give Scott Bain a run of games between the sticks, and stressed that, despite the run of fixtures elsewhere in the SPFL table, he is only focused on his team's performance game-to-game.

    The manager added: “It’s still early in the season. This is our first game of the second part of the season and there’s a long way to go. My concentration is purely on ourselves, playing well, performing well. We’ve got our rhythm back very quickly, and I thought we were much better tonight than we were at the weekend.

    “Some of our play was very good. St Mirren can be a hard team to beat, they’ve lost away but they haven’t tended to ship many goals. I thought we were very creative, very bright and played very well.”

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