Ryan Christie cel­e­brates scor­ing his team's third goal with Kieran Tier­ney, dur­ing the League Cup semi-fi­nal against Hearts, a game in which he grew into be­com­ing a Celtic player, says his man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers

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years. Scott Brown is an amaz­ing player, a big per­son­al­ity. He's been fan­tas­tic, so it'll be great when he gets back. Olivier Ntcham is a top op­er­a­tor as well. But what this shows with this squad now is that you can't come off your game."

One of the main fac­tors that con­trib­uted to Celtic's vic­tory was the dis­ci­plined per­for­mances that Rodgers wrung out of play­ers like James For­rest. The winger tor­mented his im­me­di­ate op­po­nent all night, but also en­sured that, when he didn't have the ball, he was alive to the dan­ger be­hind him.

“The man­ager does his home­work on the teams we are play­ing against and, with the for­ma­tion that Leipzig play, he wanted me and Scott Sin­clair to tuck in,” For­rest said. “It's good that the staff help us as much as they can. Any foot­baller watches the teams that they are go­ing to come up against and the man­ager and staff are re­ally good giv­ing the boys as much in­for­ma­tion as they can.

“Then, when we go out there, it's up to us to im­ple­ment what they are telling us. It's all part of do­ing your job for the team.

“Leipzig were a good team, but all of the boys put in a real shift and that's what you need to do in Eu­rope.”

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