Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers praises 'absolutely outstanding' performance following Anderlecht rout

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers praises 'absolutely outstanding' performance following Anderlecht rout

The 3-0 victory over Anderlecht means that, if the rest of the group games go to form, Brendan Rodgers and his players will have an interest in the Europa League after Christmas.

After going down 5-0 in Matchday 1 to Paris Saint-Germain, Celtic responded with a ideal performance away to Belgian side Anderlecht on Wednesday.

Striker Griffiths lit up a tiresome first half at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium with a poacher's goal from Kieran Tierney's 38th minute delivery and, five minutes after the break, Roberts' drive took a deflection in off substitute Kara Mbodji.

After Griffiths opened the scoring, Kara Mbodji inadvertently deflected Roberts' shot in five minutes after half-time before Scott Sinclair crashed in the third goal. I think Lenny was the last in 2012 and before that God knows when a Scottish team has won away from home.

"As a team then we were very, very good defensively".

Rodgers said: "The message I gave to the players when we came in here 15 months ago was; lots of people will tell you what you CAN'T do". I think we came out with flying colours.

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The win underscored Celtic's great start in the Scottish league, where it leads the table and is fresh from a victory over its Glasgow rival, Rangers.

"You saw the concentration of the players - how many times Anderlecht were caught offside, our defensive line was very good".

'The first goal showed great patience, ' Rodgers added.

In the meantime, the Celtic squad have been adjusting to what is, for them, the novelty of a comprehensive success on the road in the Champions League group stage.

Indeed, the game was just as vital for their Belgian hosts with Bayern Munich as the fourth team in Group B. The three goals were absolutely fantastic and the boys deserve a great amount of credit. A long pass on the ground from Olivier Ntcham found an overlapping Kieran Tierney on the wing.

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