Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised his first-team squad for bouncing back from the end of their 69 match unbeaten domestic run with a win over Partick Thistle.
After the 4-0 loss to Hearts, the Hoops responded with a 2-0 win over Partick Thistle at Celtic Park thanks to goals from Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney.
As quoted by Celtic’s official Twitter account, Rodgers claimed that his side would “define themselves” in how they recovered from a defeat, and he believes they did this to his pleasing.
“I said to the players before the game that they will define themselves as a team in their reaction to disappointment. I thought tonight they reacted very well, it was always going to be a tricky game,” he said.
💬 BR: "I said to the players before the game that they will define themselves as a team in their reaction to disappointment. I thought tonight they reacted very well, it was always going to be a tricky game."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) December 20, 2017
The Hoops boss didn’t make many changes following the loss to Hearts, with Kristoffer Ajer, Stuart Armstrong and Odsonne Edouard all starting.
It was Armstrong who gave the Bhoys the lead, hammering home a swerving shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 35th minute.
The second goal arrived in the 67th minute, and was finished in style by Kieran Tierney after great link-up play between the full-back and Scott Sinclair.
It wasn’t the greatest performance by the Scottish champions but Brendan Rodgers will just be relieved that his side got back to winning ways.
It was an important win for the Bhoys, as it put them five points clear of nearest challengers Aberdeen, with the teams set to meet in a huge game at Celtic Park on Saturday.
In other Celtic news, two players rated poorly in the win over Partick