“I must say a big congratulations to the supporters,” Brendan Rodgers

Celtic View editor Paul Cuddihy spoke to Brendan Rodgers last night for the post-match interview after his Celtic side put seven goals past Dundee at the Celtic Park. Here’s how the conversation went with the Celtic manager praising young Daniel Kelly and the overall standard of play from his team which he described as ‘outstanding’.

Brendan also had plenty of praise for the Celtic support who delivered their own verdict after the half-whistle had sounded with a very special standing ovation for the team that had in that opening half hit Dundee for six…

Cameron Carter-Vickers reacts after he scores the opening goal during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Dundee at Celtic Park on February 28, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic TV: Is that the performance you have been waiting for?

Brendan Rodgers: “It was outstanding. The tempo, the passing and the creativity were all there. It was a fantastic night. We scored great goals. One of our young guys Daniel Kelly gets his first-ever goal for the club. I can be envious of him as a Celtic supporter because he has been here since he was eight years of age and that is all that hard work paying off. It was a great finish from him. I am so happy for the players because they didn’t give up on the game and they kept working and fighting. Some of the football was absolutely outstanding.”

Celtic TV: You spoke before the game about the squad and everyone contributing. You have scored seven goals and you have seven different goalscorers. Does that give you a great deal of satisfaction?

Brendan Rodgers: “That is how it has to be. It is no good just having one player who scores 35 goals this season. We need goals from elsewhere. So, that was really nice.”

Celtic TV: The backing you got from the fans was wonderful. I don’t think I have heard a response like that when you came off at half-time. It is a real team effort from the stands onto the pitch and into the dugout and everywhere else, isn’t it? It all came together tonight, didn’t it?

Brendan Rodgers: “I must say a big congratulations to the supporters because we are here to entertain them and we need their backing and encouragement. At half-time the reception we got filled us with great pride. A Wednesday night in front of a full house is great.”

Celtic TV: Every game is a cup final and you will have another through in Edinburgh at the weekend. Will you be looking for similar levels of application again?

Brendan Rodgers: “That’s it. We have to be ready for every game. You cannot soften up and become timid. You have to keep pushing and pressing. It is a tough one for Dundee as I thought they worked hard and gave everything in the game. I just felt that the speed and quality of our game and the quality of our goals were at a really high level. I am so pleased for the players.”

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