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Brendan praises Hayes/Morgan plus good luck to Boyata and Belgium later

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Brendan Rodgers praised Jonny Hayes after his performance in yesterday’s 1-0 friendly win over Steyr.

As promised, we’re not going to bother detailing and analysing friendly games/results too much, because they mean nothing.

However, the manager was full of good words for last season’s surprise signing from Aberdeen.

You can read what he said here

“It is great for him and he had one tackle in the second half that would have been great for his confidence,” Rodgers said. “There is no doubt he has put in a lot of work to get ready for things like that first tackle. You are waiting and so when it came it would have been a confidence booster.

“He’s brilliant. He’s such a great character in the squad. When you come in it is always going to take a wee bit of time and he was joining a team that had just won the treble, so he was never going to walk into it.

“He’s built himself up every day, got used to the way of playing, getting fitter and getting stronger, and at the time when he got injured he was hitting really good form.

“It was really unfortunate, but he’s gone away and worked tirelessly. He’s got himself back quicker than we thought he would and we were hoping.

“You saw tonight his running ability and strength and power. He’s there, and it’s still very early in the season, so it’s good.”

Lewis Morgan and Ryan Christie also featured in the win, which we’re sure was largely forgotten after an amazing day of world cup drama!

Speaking of which, Dedryck Boyata will feature against England and we dearly hope he can halt the ‘Three Lions Juggernaut’ and him and his side put them in their place tonight in Kalingrad.