BRENDAN RODGERS has praised the performances of his stand-in players today as the Champions made in 59 games unbeaten with a 1-0 victory over Dundee.

The upcoming fixtures in the league, Betfred Cup and UEFA Champions League have meant that Rodgers is having to manage his side as they look to compete and perform to their full ability.

This meant that players such as Craig Gordon and Mikel Lustig, who were both on international duty, were handed rests meaning that estranged duo Cristian Gamboa and Dorus De Vries could be handed starts.

“That was another positive for us. When you think of the players we have out and the players to come in like Eboue Kouassi

“Cristian Gamboa went halfway round the world to play in World Cup qualifiers and came back and I thought he was excellent today.”

Rodgers continued in his praise, this time addressing De Vries, who he worked with at Swansea, who made two stunning saves to keep the score at 1-0.

“And Dorus de Vries, you see in a game like today why I have him in.

“It is a testament to how professional he is, how hard he has worked.

“It is has been a year or so since he last played competitively.

“The last game was Sunderland away where he was excellent and this was a nice game to come into.

“He didn’t have a great deal to do but towards the end when the ball was coming in around the box, he showed his agility and concentration to make the saves.

“So for all those guys who came in and hadn’t played so much, I thought they did very well.”

Celtic now look to Wednesday and the prospect of the Allianz Arena and Bayern Munich in the Champions League, then Hampden for the semi-final against Hibs before the trip to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen mid-week.


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