BRENDAN RODGERS admitted he was proud of his players as they overcame the challenge of spirited St Mirren in Paisley this afternoon.
Strikes from Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda fired the holders into the Scottish Cup quarter-final where they will meet Livingston at Parkhead next month.
However, Rodgers’ 100 per cent success rate in the competition was at stake as well as so much more for the champions as they faced a potential banana skin against Stephen Robinson’s side.
GREEN FOR GO…captain Callum McGRegor and Paulo Bernardo acknowledge the travelling fans after Celtic’s 2-0 win over St Mirren in Paisley.
However, the Hoops came through unscathed and the Irishman was quick to hail the efforts of his troops who have been under fire in recent weeks.
Rodgers said: “I think we managed the game well in the second-half. It was always going to be a tricky game. St Mirren were in really good form.
“Obviously, the narrative around our team is that we’re not together. But you can’t come and win fairly comfortably like that if you’re not. I thought the guys did really, really well. I was very pleased for them and proud of them.
“For us, it’s about keeping that calmness. We know we haven’t been playing consistently to the level, but we’ll get there. I can’t complain about the players.