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‘SO MANY POSITIVES,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS was delighted there was no flagging from the champions on Flag Day at Parkhead.

The Celtic boss was delighted with the 3-1 win over Premiership new boys Livingston – after club legend Danny McGrain had done the honours to unfurl the Hoops’ seventh successive title flag.

Rodgers said: “It was a very good performance for us on the back of last week’s game. We had good tempo and energy which is never easy against a team when they sit in.

“Livingston made it difficult for us, they have an honest group of players.

“Oliver Ntcham, though, is a red flag. He took what looked a sore one on the ankle. He will be assessed, but they can be okay once the swelling goes down.

“There were so many positives. Leigh Griffiths was excellent when he came on. He showed good movement, his touch was good as was his running behind. There were a lot of good movements.

“We looked a really creative team in the final third. I thought some of our play was excellent.”

Rodgers’ men were three goals ahead through efforts from Tom Rogic, Odsonne Edouard and Ntcham (pen) before the visitors netted through Scott Robinson deep in stoppage time.

The Parkhead gaffer was also satisfied with the return of Jonny Hayes, making his first competitive appearance this year since suffering a leg break in the 2-0 victory over Dundee at Dens Park on Boxing Day.

Rodgers added: “I was pleased for Jonny to come back into the team. He ball in for Tom’s header was superb.

“Now we can focus on midweek. I think we are going into it in good shape.”

 
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