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Thursday Round-Up: Everybody’s Happy Nowadays

RSC Anderlecht v Celtic FC - UEFA Champions League
The Celtic players celebrate after Leigh Griffiths made it 1-0
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THE BIG STORY: Not surprisingly everyone at Celtic Park is delighted with last night’s superb 3-0 Champions League Group B Matchday 2 victory in Belgium over Anderlecht. You can read our match report here, and see the goals from the game below.

Brendan Rodgers was thrilled with the performance, call it ‘exceptional’ and lauding Celtic’s ‘winning mentality’. Rodgers also believes that Celtic’s players will gain ‘belief and confidence’ from such a huge victory. You can see more of the Celtic boss’ comments below.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon also spoke after the game, as he believes that tonight’s victory gives the team ‘confidence and belief’ for the upcoming Champions League double header against Bayern Munich. Whilst Scott Brown, who suffered a hamstring injury with around twenty minutes to go, is ‘hopeful’ that his injury is not too serious, but it does seem that he will miss Saturday’s game against Hibs and perhaps Scotland’s games next week. Stuart Armstrong has a calf problem and he could also be set to miss the Hibs and Scotland games.

Some former Celts have been giving their opinion of last night’s win, with Chris Sutton calling Celtic ‘brilliant’, with John Hartson and Johan Mjallby also lauding the performance.

Last night’s win really was exceptional, and particular credit has been given to the centre-back partnership of Boyata and Simunovic. Olivier Ntcham also deserves applause for recovering from a poor start to be involved in two of Celtic’s goals. We’ll have more on the game later on, including the player ratings.

ON THIS DAY: In 2013, a Georgios Samaras hat-trick was the highlight of a 5-2 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.