Rodgers in­sists Celtic should not be em­bar­rassed

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY STEPHEN McGOWAN/

Bren­dan Rodgers on Tues­day night in­sisted there was no em­bar­rass­ment for Celtic fol­low­ing a 7-0 Cham­pi­ons League rout in Barcelona.

The heav­i­est Euro­pean de­feat in the club’s his­tory, Scot­land’s cham­pi­ons were put to the sword by the Holy Trin­ity of Lionel Messi, Ney­mar and Luis Suarez.

Ar­gen­tine ma­gi­cian Messi opened the scor­ing in three min­utes, help­ing him­self to a hat-trick. Ney­mar scored one and teed up four, while a late Suarez dou­ble and a siz­zling An­dres Ini­esta vol­ley com­pleted the scor­ing.

A week­end hat-trick hero against Rangers Rodgers iden­ti­fied Moussa Dem­bele’s saved 24th minute penalty at 1-0 as a crit­i­cal mo­ment for the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons.

Claim­ing Barcelona can in­flict sim­i­lar pain on bet­ter teams than Celtic, how­ever, Rodgers in­sists his team will learn from the hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Pro­fes­sion­ally it is never nice when that hap­pens,’ said Rodgers. ‘I thought in the first pe­riod of the game our set up and or­gan­i­sa­tion was good.

“We gave away a goal very early, which is not what you want to do here. But we came back into the game and when we started to get some be­lief and con­fi­dence, we be­gan to pass the ball and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“There is a mas­sive mo­ment in the first half. If you get the penalty and get to 1-1, you can make the crowd a bit ner­vous after their week­end loss. We lost the sec­ond goal very quickly after that, which was dis­ap­point­ing.

“We knew the next goal after half­time was go­ing to be very im­por­tant. They got the third goal then the com­bi­na­tion of tired­ness, fresh­ness and qual­ity showed. This is a com­pe­ti­tion which is go­ing to be a bril­liant learn­ing sea­son for us.”

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Celtic’s Scott Brown with Celtic man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers

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