Rodgers insists Celtic should not be embarrassed
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.”
Celtic’s Scott Brown with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers