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6th Apr, 2017 | 7:07pm

Rodgers: Celtic midfielder struggled in draw v Partick Thistle

By Harvey Byrne

Brendan Rodgers believes midfielder Eboue Kouassi struggled at first in Celtic’s 1-1 draw against Partick Thistle on Wednesday evening.

The 19-year-old started the midweek match in the centre of the park alongside Nir Bitton and Callum McGregor.

However, he was subbed off after just 62 minutes for Tom Rogic with the Scottish champions being held to a draw against the sixth placed side at Celtic Park.

Now, Rodgers called out the Ivorian in his post-match interview, stating he didn’t start well and even went as far as to remark that he thought the club had signed his brother.

“Eboue didn’t start great, bless him,” told Rodgers, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

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“After the first five minutes I thought we had signed his brother.

“But he grew into the game and he started showing what he’s been showing in training.

“He good mobility and was getting around the pitch. I thought he did well after that little spell arriving into Scottish football.”

Kouassi joined Celtic in January as the club’s only winter signing for a fee of £3million from Russian outfit Krasnodar.

The match against Partick marked his first start for the club with his previous two outings coming from the bench.

With the Hoops having already won the league Rodgers can now rotate his side, but he will hoping teenage starlet Kouassi starts his next match as he finished the midweek draw.

Celtic will host seventh placed Kilmarnock in the league next on Saturday as they look to complete the stadium unbeaten.

In other Celtic news, fans will be angered after this Rangers man made a comment about Hoops ace.

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