Sport Rodgers praises his side after victory

17:55  11 july  2018
17:55  11 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Celtic warned Champions League qualifier will not be easy

  Celtic warned Champions League qualifier will not be easy Celtic have been warned that their meeting with Alashkert in the Champions League qualifying rounds will not be easy. As reported the Daily Record, new Alashkert signing Danilo Sekulic believes his new side will put up a good test for the Scottish champions, with the underdogs targetting an upset. “Celtic is a big club. But I have come here to fight with any rival. Let’s use all our strengths to succeed. We will fight for the next round.” The Hoops were drawn against the Armenian side for a place in the next qualifying round, where they are likely to meet Rosenborg. Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to avoid disappointment as he sets his sights on a place in the group stages of the Champions League. Should Celtic lose in any round, they will fall into the next Europa League round, something they will be looking to avoid. Celtic have recently kick-started their pre-season preparations ahead of the clash. The two sides meet in Armenia on July 10 before the return leg in Scotland a week later.

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side after they brushed aside Armenian champions Alashkert in their Champions League qualifying match last night, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Two late goals sealed a 3-0 win for Rodgers’ side in the first leg that took place yesterday evening in Yerevan.

New addition Odsonne Edouard, who made his loan deal from Paris St Germain permanent, scored the opening goal in added time of the first half.

The other two goals came late on in the game from James Forrest and Callum McGregor.

Brendan Rodgers wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Sport © Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Sport Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Sport

Rodgers spoke of his side’s display and the late goals that sealed their victory.

Rodgers speaks of his pride for Celtic's World Cup stars

  Rodgers speaks of his pride for Celtic's World Cup stars Brendan Rodgers spoke of his delight after seeing his Celtic players feature at the World Cup in Russia. As reported by STV New, Rodgers was full of praise for Dedryck Boyata, who has impressed for Belgium when given the chance. “I’ve been delighted for all four guys that have been at the World Cup. They gain an incredible experience and it might only be a once in a lifetime experience. I was really proud watching Dedryck last night. He looked a top class operator.” Boyata was a surprise call-up the Belgium squad with concerns over the fitness of Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany. He has gone on to feature in all three of Belgium’s group games and looks likely to keep his place going into the knockout rounds. The Belgian defender remains a target for Lazio, who are being heavily linked with a summer move for the player. It is yet to be seen whether or not Boyata’s performances at the World Cup will spark more interest, but if nothing else it will give Celtic more grounds to raise their asking price.

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LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers has praised his players for showing great character in their Champions League victory over Bulgarian Speaking after the game, Rodgers expressed his delight at securing the club's first Champions League victory in over five years, and hailed his side for

“It is a huge credit to the players and medical staff.”

“We know we have a long way to go in terms of getting to full capacity but certainly at this stage, to show that hunger and desire to continue to work to the very end, it was a real winning difference.”

“They kept pushing and kept working and they got their rewards. So it was a great credit to how hard they have worked fitness-wise.”

“A clean sheet was important because as you start to tire in the game you can maybe lose a goal cheaply.”

“But we didn’t do that, we concentrated well and scored three very good goals.”

Celtic had to deal with the insane heat during the match, but Rodgers believes that the weather conditions will benefit his side in terms of fitness ahead of the new season.

“It is breathless really. You sense it just standing in it. I thought they coped with it very well.”

Rodgers rules out move for Danny Ings

  Rodgers rules out move for Danny Ings Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Celtic are not interested in signing Liverpool striker Danny Ings this summer. Rodgers has said that Ings is not a player he is looking at in the window, due to Celtic already having three strikers at the club. As quoted by the Daily Star, Rodgers said this: “Danny (Ings) is a fantastic player and has been really, really unfortunate for a few years with injury but I have got the three strikers at the moment and we don’t need any more.” “We just signed young Odsonne Edouard on a permanent deal and he is a class act.” Despite admiring Ings as a player, Celtic will not be making a move for the striker in the coming months. Ings has been linked to a number of Premier League clubs, including Burnley and Crystal Palace. Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for Ings, after a tough two-year spell of injuries for the centre-forward. The 25-year-old scored once last season, which was his first goal since 2015 – when he scored against Everton in the Merseyside derby.

Rodgers was thrilled with his side 's performance and the resilience they showed when the Sky Blues put them under extreme pressure and the Liverpool boss "It was a wonderful atmosphere, pitch- side it was incredible, so between us all - players, supporters and staff - it was a great victory for us."

who knows a thing or two about defending and scoring in Old Firm matches as an ex defender/striker, was full of praise for Brendan Rodgers , highlighting the Northern Irishman's decision to bring on a striker when reduced to 10 men as a piece of tactical genius which eventually led to his side 's victory .

“They will really benefit from that game in terms of fitness and it sets us up well for the next leg.”

“It is just a case of picking the team to win the game but also to get the players developing their fitness.”

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Lewis Morgan ruled out of Champions League qualifiers .
Lewis Morgan’s impressive pre-season form has now ground to a halt after the winger was today ruled out for around a month due to knee surgery and will, therefore, miss Celtic’s upcoming European qualifiers, The Daily Record has confirmed. The January recruit who remained at St. Mirren on loan last season had caught the eye of the Celtic support with a blistering goal against Shamrock Rovers in the friendly win and showed his great confidence when he featured off the bench in Armenia last week. Morgan was left out of the squad that comfortably beat Alashkert 3-0 at Parkhead putting the Hoops through with a 6-0 aggregate scoreline. With a home tie just days away against Rosenborg in the next round of qualifiers, Brendan Rodgers, who is already without Morgan and Leigh Griffiths due to injury, will be sweating over the fitness of Moussa Dembele who struggled off the pitch on Wednesday night. Jozo Simunovic’s early red card has also left the manager with only two fit central defenders in Kristoffer Ajer and Jack Hendry with Marvin Compper unlikely to play through injury and Dedryck Boyata still recovering from his World Cup exploits. An extra round of qualifiers this year adds to a growing list of frustrations for Rodgers who had similar injury problems in the previous two Champions League Qualifying campaigns in the last two years.

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