It wasn’t a thing of beauty but last night’s 1-0 win at Kilmarnock earns the same three points as the early season 6-1 win over the Ayrshire side.
Apart from the non-stop backing from the visiting support there was little to remember from the match although Chris Sutton did sum things up rather well midway through the second half.
With the cameras scanning across the visiting support Sutton stated: “It’s a great time to be a Celtic fan.”
Rarely have truer words been spoken.
On the park it wasn’t pretty but looking back on his side’s display Rodgers explained: “With the two-week break, having hardly had any of the players, changing around the team, playing on astroturf, it was a brilliant result.
“Nights like this are very, very important, coming away when it’s absolutely freezing. We had to dig in towards the end.
“First half we played very well, made a couple of mistakes in build-up play but sometimes that happens when you are building the game.
“In the main we were slick, our movement was good, good patience, got in between and created chances. We looked really exciting going forward and scored a goal just before half-time, it was a very good finish.
“Give Kilmarnock credit, they came out and threw everything at it. Lee’s team did him proud in the second half. We didn’t have as many sequences of passing and it led to us playing a little bit on the counter-attack. We had chances to finish the game and just didn’t quite get the final pass.”
The win lifts Celtic 14 points clear of second placed Aberdeen who face Inverness Caley Thistle today, next Sunday Celtic face Aberdeen in the final of the Betfred Cup at Hampden.
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he win lifts Celtic 14 points clear of second placed Aberdeen who face Inverness Caley Thistle today, next Sunday Celtic face Aberdeen in the final of the Betfred Cup at Hampden.