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Rodgers hails Celtic’s resilience in Rosenborg draw

first_imgBrendan Rodgers hailed Celtic’s defensive resilience after the Scottish champions held off Rosenborg’s challenge to progress in Champions League qualifying. The Hoops withstood early pressure from the hosts before seeing out the closing stages to secure a goalless draw and 3-1 aggregate victory.Their reward is a third round qualifier with Greek champions AEK Athens, the first leg of which is at Celtic Park next Tuesday.Rodgers said: “I was very pleased with how we defended, with that resilience and mentality. Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata will return to the Hoops squad for the visit of Athens next week.Rodgers, however, was eager for the attention to be on the youthful pairing which kept Rosenborg at bay in Trondheim.He added: “The likes of Jack Hendry, I thought he really stood up in the second half, he won some great headers and was really dominant. Kris Ajer, as well. “Cristian Gamboa again done very well, and Odsonne had a wonderful piece of skill.“Overall, just the mentality of the team, we won the tie last week with a great attacking performance.“Tonight it was more about being solid and keeping a clean sheet.” “Second half we just changed it slightly to try and gain more control in our build-up play and I thought for the first 15 to 20 minutes we were able to take the sting out of the game. “The last 20 minutes we had to deal with direct balls into the box and I was very pleased with our two young centre-halves, they really stood up to that.“Tonight was a great demonstration that you can’t always play perfect football, especially away in Europe.“When you are under pressure, questions are asked of your resilience and I thought we stood up to that very well.”last_img read more