Having struggled against Rosenborg in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, drawing 0-0 in Glasgow and winning by the slightest of margins in Norway (1-0), few expected such a resounding Celtic win against Astana.
Brendan Rodgers’ team were absolutely brilliant, thrashing their opponents by a more than emphatic 5-0, their biggest win in a UEFA competition in 15 years, and their manager was justifiably thrilled after the game.
Some of our play was outstanding. It was a brilliant performance. Very complete in the aspects of the way we work. It’s a great demonstration of the work the players have done and the progression they have made over the course of the last season
the Northern Irish told reporters, before expanding a bit on what exactly has changed at Celtic these last 12 months.
They always had physical courage I felt when I came in, but having the ability under big pressure to be composed and having the maturity to handle and accept the ball and the inner belief and shape and understanding of the game. I think that was perfectly illustrated. I’m very proud of them
Rodgers said, adding
now we go to get the job done over there in the second game. The job is to complete. We want to go there and win the game. We don’t have to, but we want to go there and perform well.