Brendan Rodgers wasn’t overly impressed with Celtic’s performance in their 3-2 Scottish Cup victory over Partick Thistle and has said they could fail to win the trophy with similar displays.
Two James Forrest goals in the opening ten minutes looked to set up a comfortable day for the Hoops, but a mistake by Jozo Simunovic let in Kris Doolan who scored for the Jags.
Forrest completed his hat-trick early in the second-half but the game had a nervy conclusion as Conor Sammon pulled a goal back for Thistle in the last ten minutes.
The Hoops boss wasn’t happy with the performance, slamming the errors made by his team as he explained after the game.
“We got through which was important” he said, as quoted by Celtic’s official Twitter account.
“But if we want to win the cup again we certainly need to defend better and play better from behind.”
🗣️ BR: "We got through which was important. But if we want to win the cup again we certainly need to defend better and play better from behind." #CELPAR
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 10, 2018
The performance of Forrest was the highlight of the game for the Hoops, the Scotland winger taking his total for the season to 16 goals, he is now only one goal behind top scorer Scott Sinclair.
The low point was undeniably the performance of Simunovic, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he was dropped for the upcoming Europa League last 32 first leg tie against Zenit on Thursday.
With Jack Hendry available for the Zenit game after being cup-tied against Partick, the new Hoops signing may well partner Kristoffer Ajer at the heart of the Hoops defence against the Russian side.
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