'Awful' - Rodgers slams quality after Celtic win v Rangers
By Harvey Byrne
Manager Brendan Rodgers was very disappointed by the quality on show in Celtic Under-17s victory over their Rangers counterparts earlier in the month, labelling it “awful.”
The Hoops youngsters achieved a 2-1 victory over the club’s fierce rivals at Firhill for the Glasgow Cup.
Ewan Henderson opened the scoring for Celtic before Matthew Shiels’ equaliser which was followed by young starlet Jack Aitchison scoring the winner with the young Bhoys seeing out final minutes with 10 men after Kerr McInroy’s red card.
However, despite the youngsters win Rodgers was disappointed by what he saw from both teams and labelled it a “poor game.”
“The Under-17s final was a poor game,” told Rodgers, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“In terms of Scottish football, the standard was awful.
“There were some good players in both teams and our kids won, which was great, and there were two or three moments of quality.
“But the overall level of quality wasn’t good. I have seen some good kids up here and it’s a good level.”
Winning goalscorer Aitchison, 17, has previously had experience of playing for the first team and has even featured under Rodgers on two occasions in the Premiership this season.
It is expected that he is above the rest in his age group and Rodgers will be keen help the club produce more future stars with the likes of Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Aiden McGeady all breaking through the youth ranks in the past.
Celtic have also already won the Premiership title and with five matches left the former Liverpool boss may look to hand first team opportunities to certain youngsters.
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