Rodgers sowing the seeds at Celtic

Boss Brendan Rodgers believes the roots of Celtic’s long-awaited away win in the Champions League were planted last year.

The Hoops finally tasted success on the road for the first time since 2012 as they breezed past Anderlecht in Group B, thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair.

Although they did not manage to win last season, they put in some spirited displays away from Celtic Park and Rodgers thinks that was important.

“We go back to last year, with our away form we grew in confidence,” he told BT Sport.

“At Borussia Monchengladbach we played very, very well, Manchester City in our last group game we played very well.

“This was our first away game this year and I thought the result was absolutely brilliant.

“In spells with the ball we were very, very good. At times I still think we are embarrassed to have the ball for long periods.

“You can see we are growing at this level, the three goals were fantastic and the boys deserve a huge amount of credit because it was a great performance, especially on the back of a tough game at the weekend.

“It takes experience and time and it takes belief. Results like tonight give you that belief. The overall performance was outstanding and it’s a great reward for the supporters.”

Skipper Scott Brown, who limped off with a hamstring injury, says this current crop of Celtic players are “creating history”.

“It’s right up there,” he said. ” Our away form has not been the best but it’s a fresh team now and we are creating history going away from home and winning 3-0. Hopefully that’s us going to kick on now.

“It was great, we had a huge result at the weekend and it was good to bounce back and do it again in the Champions League.”

 

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