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‘WHY BRENDAN WILL BE HURTING,’ KEANE

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ROY KEANE believes Brendan Rodgers will be stung by the manner Celtic capitulated to Zenit in St Petersburg last night.

The Hoops took a one-goal advantage to Russia, but that was wiped out inside half-an-hour when Roberto Mancini’s side scored twice to turn the Europa League tie on its head.

An eighth minute header from the unmarked Bransilav Ivanovic nullified Callum McGregor’s memorable first leg volley before Dorus de Vries made a complete mess of attempting to stop a long-range drive from Daler Kuznyaev.

And Mikael Lustig wasn’t alert enough to cover the back post when Aleksandr Kokorin tapped in the killer third just after the hour mark.

Keane, who had a brief spell at Parkhead in 2008, said: “When you play this game you need to be brave.

“They played well last week, but it’s one thing playing well at home.

“You don’t mind losing football matches, but the way they lost will be hurting Brendan Rodgers.”

The Republic of Ireland and Manchester United legend added: “You are hoping Celtic can grind out a result to make the supporters proud, but they didn’t do that.

“They needed to show courage. With 20 minutes to go and 3-0 down, everyone wanted the ball … bluffers.

“They never turned up, really. We are always desperate for Celtic to stay in the competition because of their supporters.

“But they didn’t do enough and show enough courage in possession.

“And they gave some shocking goals away.”

 
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