BRENDAN RODGERS insists Celtic’s 2-2 draw against Hibs at Parkhead at the weekend was a great advertisement for the quality of Scottish football.
Impressive doubles from Scotland midfielders Callum McGregor and John McGinn made certain a thrilling encounter ended in stalemate.
Rodgers said: “It was an outstanding advert for the game up here.
“Over 60,000 people, great atmosphere, the home team going behind trying to preserve this unbeaten run and winning mentality and to get back in was great for us.
“So, a great advert for the game up here, for sure.
“Hibs played very well. They have got good pace, power and energy and it was a really tough game for us.”
Ex-Hoops gaffer Neil Lennon, in the visitors’ dug-out for the first time, admitted he hopes his players take confidence from their performance against a team that has gone 58 games without losing to Scottish opposition.
He said: “We don’t play for two weeks now and this team can be a bit Jekyll and Hyde.
“Subconsciously, they raise their game for the big matches and then when the expectation lifts a bit they can let themselves down.
“So, they’ve got to take a lot from this game and try to transfer that to other games as well.
“We could have easily got beaten 4-0, but their drive and concentration levels were great. I need that every week.
“We are unbeaten away from home and have made a fantastic start and almost caused a brilliant upset.”
You can listen to what Celtic’s SLO John Paul Taylor and may other Celtic supporters had to say about the game on Saturday and hear their thoughts on Celtic’s eventual Champions League campaign in the new CQN Podcast, A Celtic State of Mind, which is out now. The link is below…