Brendan Rodgers delighted with Celtic display


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Brendan Rodgers says Celtic were “a joy to watch” during their 3-1 victory over Rosenborg in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie on Wednesday.

The Scottish Premiership champions looked to be in for a difficult night at Parkhead when Birger Meling put the visitors in front after just 15 minutes, but two goals from Odsonne Edouard and a strike from Olivier Ntcham put Rodgers’ side in control of the tie ahead of next week’s second leg in Norway.

Rodgers was certainly pleased with the way his side performed, particularly after they fell behind so early, and he feels they could have ended the night with an even bigger advantage.

“It was a real demonstration of maturity and staying calm under that pressure and at the end of the game we could have had five or six goals,” he said.

“The team is maturing and evolving all the time at this stage of the season but for me it was a joy to watch this evening.”

Celtic played Rosenborg in their successful run through to last season’s Champions League group stage, prevailing 1-0 on aggregate, although they could only draw 0-0 during the first leg in Glasgow on that occasion.

Rodgers knows this season’s first-leg performance was much more convincing, although he’s aware the Bhoys still have work to do if they are to advance through to the next round.

He added: “I sat here last year at 0-0 and was happy but felt we could have been better but tonight I sit in a much better place, with how we played, with a two-goal advantage but we know it is going to be another tough game for us over there.”

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