Rodgers makes bold claim about Celtic performance after win against Anderlecht
By James Black
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers hailed his side’s display against Anderlecht as they recorded only their second away win in the history of the Champions League – then boldly claimed they can perform even better.
Goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair helped the Hoops draw level on points with Bayern Munich in Group B on Wednesday as the Scottish champions took a big step towards securing at least third place.
Rodgers’ side had lost their opening group game 5-0 to Paris Saint-Germain but brushed that off to record a resounding win in Brussels.
Speaking after the match, Rodgers was delighted with the way his team played but insisted they can still improve.
“It was an outstanding performance and result,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the BBC website.
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“It was a real pressure game for us. It was a brilliant team performance.
“For a Scottish team to come away, get a 3-0 victory, and keep a clean sheet at this level is obviously a big achievement. This is a huge jump from where we’re coming from into this level.
“We can be better. I believe we can be better than we were tonight.
“At this level, it’s all about the belief. You’re playing against top-class players, fantastic clubs – a club like Anderlecht with a huge history and the Belgian champions.
“For our guys to show what they’ve done in the last 12 months and improve is great credit to them. They’ll gain belief, they’ll gain confidence, but they’ll also know that we want to continually improve.”
Anderlecht started brightly but quickly faded and gave onlookers an idea of why they have struggled to their worst start to a domestic campaign in 19 years.
Interim boss Nicolas Fustos might have seen his hopes of landing the role on a full-time basis go up in smoke after his side were taken apart by Celtic in a clinical second-half performance.
Next up for Celtic in the Champions League is a double header with Bayern Munich as they look to secure European football after Christmas.
Despite the result, there will be some concern after captain Scott Brown limped off with a hamstring injury 20 minutes from the end.