Rodgers right to have a go

Evening Times - - SPORT - By JOHN McGILL

trans­formed him as a player, look­ing every inch the first-team mem­ber mak­ing the step down in the match against PSG, rather than a raw young­ster.

“I feel like I’ve got that first­team sharp­ness t hrough train­ing with them every day,” he said. “I’m be­com­ing a bet­ter player, and I think I showed that against PSG.

“I’m bet­ter at press­ing and my level of fit­ness has im­proved, al­low­ing me to get touch-tight to peo­ple. In the later stages of the game, I’m able to make that run and help the team.

“The full team are a great bunch of lads. They don’t make you feel out of place. Even the man­ager takes you aside and talks to you and makes you feel com­fort­able.

“When I come down to the 20s now I feel like the ex­pe­ri­enced one, and I feel like I can help them out. I can talk to them and show them how easy it can be if you put the work in. It just nat­u­rally comes to your game.”

As a winger turned full-back, Miller says that Kieran Tier­ney, who made the same tran­si­tion in his early ca­reer, is hav­ing a big in­flu­ence on his game.

“It was De­cem­ber last year I got put in against Man City be­cause we never had a left­back, and the gaffer like me there,” said Miller. “Be­fore I knew it I was mak­ing my de­but there against Partick This­tle.

“When you play with the first­team you are like a winger any­way be­cause you have so much of the ball, but I’m learn­ing that de­fen­sive side and it’s get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.” PAUL HART­LEY has con­fessed he would have hid­den from the head­lines if he was still a Celtic player – but he says Hoops boss Bren­dan Rodgers had every right to have a rare blast at his side af­ter their Cham­pi­ons League night­mare.

Rodgers slated his team for play­ing “like un­der-12s” in the first-half of their 5-0 ham­mer­ing from PSG on Tues­day night.

The re­sult was Celtic’s worst-ever home de­feat in Europe and their heav­i­est loss on home soil since 1895.

Hart­ley, who played 13 times for Celtic in Europe, said: “He would be an­gry be­cause when they were in pos­ses­sion of the ball they were poor, and they’re a pos­ses­sion-based team.

“Bren­dan had every right to crit­i­cise his play­ers, even in pub­lic.

“I don’t think he’s ever done that, just be­cause of the suc­cess they’ve had.”

The for­mer Dundee man­ager added: “If I’m a Celtic player, I don’t read the press the next day

“I think the play­ers know they let them­selves down and Bren­dan knows they’re bet­ter than they showed.”

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