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Wednesday Round-Up: Rodgers Unhappy With Celtic Performance

Celtic v Paris Saint Germain - UEFA Champions League
Brendan Rodgers after Celtic’s defeat last night
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THE BIG STORY: Brendan Rodgers wasn’t a happy man when facing the media after last night’s 5-0 defeat to PSG in Celtic’s opening Champions League Group B match, describing Celtic’s performance in the first-half in particular as being ‘like an under-12s side’ at times, and bemoaned how ‘passive’ Celtic were at times.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths - who was relatively quiet during the game but did come close with a free-kick - echoed his manager’s comments, suggesting that Celtic showed PSG ‘too much respect’ in the first-half.

The manager did praise 18 year old Anthony Ralston’s performance though, lauding it as ‘excellent’.

Ralston certainly had an interesting night, as Neymar refused to shake hands with him after the game.

To add to a bad night on the pitch, a fan ran on the pitch and ‘aimed a kick’ at PSG striker Kylian Mbappe, so we can expect at least another fine from UEFA about that.

The next game in our Champions League campaign is our vitally important trip to Anderlecht in two weeks time, we really need to get a result over there in what already seems like a race for third place between the two clubs, as Anderlecht were defeated 3-0 by Bayern Munich last night.

In the meantime, you can read our match report on the PSG game here, and we’ll have Celtic player ratings up later today. It’s back to league business at Celtic Park against Ross County on Saturday, and I would imagine that there will be changes from the side that started against PSG. Hopefully there will be some game time for Moussa Dembele and Dedryck Boyata too.

ON THIS DAY: In 1997, Marc Reiper made his Celtic debut in an exciting 3-2 win over Motherwell at Fir Park, Craig Burley twice equalising two Tommy Coyne goals before a brilliant Simon Donnelly header won the game. Full match highlights are below.