Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his side didn’t play well in their 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock – but he feels that the Rugby Park playing surface also contributed to the defeat.
The Hoops failed to get to grips with the artificial playing surface which may have contributed to the first-half injuries suffered by Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer. The surface also prevented Jozo Simunovic from taking part in the game.
“I was disappointed after the Kilmarnock game. I thought we could have done more, despite the pitch and everything else” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“But I have to defend the players as well. It is a horrendous surface to play on. I’ve said that even when we have won there and on the other surfaces.”
The defeat was only the second suffered by the Hoops in the league so far this season, and they maintain an eight point lead over Aberdeen.
Attention now turns to the cup competitions, with the Hoops having two matches in the next week which could have big implications on the rest of their season.
Firstly they continue their defence of the Scottish Cup and the domestic treble in a home tie against Partick Thistle on Saturday, before they take on Russian side Zenit in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie on Thursday night.
Rodgers will be hoping that his side pick up a confidence boosting win over Partick before they return to the last 32 of a European competition for the first time in three years.
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