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Mixed emotions for Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that despite Celtic progressing to the group stages of the Champions League, it was a night of mixed emotions.

The Scottish champions crashed to a 4-3 defeat to Astana, but progressed 8-4 on aggregate.

Despite having a squeaky bum time during a 20 minute period in the second half, Rodgers breathed a huge sigh of relief.

The Celtic manager said: “We had a Beer Sheva moment. On the night, it’s mixed emotions because we didn’t defend well enough and our possession at times wasn’t good enough.

“I said to the players at half-time, we started well, but we were too loose and were not compact enough when we had the ball. That allowed them to press.

“Then we come out and we have that Beer Sheva moment. I thought we were going to get through this without that anxiety.

“All of a sudden, it goes to three, it goes to four and we were working on the sides to try to plug gaps.

“But I must give credit to the players because they were on the ropes for a while, but then they regain their composure – Oli gets an important goal for us and then Griff gets a third.

“We were disappointing tonight, but across the campaign I have had to play right-backs at centre-half, midfielders at centre-half, put kids in, play games without strikers.

“So, overall, the players have been first class and we can now look forward to the draw.”

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