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RODGERS PRAISES JAGS

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BRENDAN RODGERS was quick to applaud the efforts of Partick Thistle after their 1-1 draw with Celtic last night.

The Hoops boss had no complaints after the Firhill side took their first point from Parkhead in TWENTY-THREE years.

Rodgers admitted he was a fan of what Alan Archibald was achieving at the Maryhill outfit who only lost 1-0 in the east end of Glasgow in December.

The Irishman admitted: “I’ve said earlier in the season, Partick were a good team when they were bottom of the league.

“I see how their coach gets his team set up and full of confidence. He’s got good ideas. Alan will be pleased with his team.

“You can see why they’ve grown and are now in the top six. We’ve no complaints.”

Archibald responded: “I’m delighted, but it looked a long way away in the first-half.

“It was probably our worst performance in terms of ball retention, but it was much better after the interval.

“We kept the ball better to give our backline and midfield a bit of respite because we couldn’t continue playing as we did in the first-half.

“Ade Azeez had a chance at the end and I thought he was going to finish it.

“He works ever so hard and I’m glad he got his reward in the big stage because he’s been outstanding in terms of the way he’s played for us and he’s got us up the pitch.

“He’s had a number of great opportunities but never had the finish and thankfully he got one. He might have had two, but his shot was blocked.”

The Thistle gaffer added: “We aren’t in the top six yet, but it’s in our own hands and we’ve got a tough game against Motherwell on Saturday.

“We’ve got a good squad to pick from.”

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