Video: Rodgers bemused by disallowed goals in Dingwall

Brendan Rodgers caught up with Sky Sports Scotland after the match up at Dingwall this afternoon against Ross County, and the Celtic boss admitted his bemusement to Luke Shanley that both Oh Hyeon-gyu and Daizen Maeda having perfectly legitimate goals chalked off thanks to the intervention of Andrew Dallas on VAR.

The Hoops faced yet another stern test of their title credentials when they locked horns with Malky MacKay and his side, but had an early surprise when James Brown was sent off for a terrible late and high-footed challenge on winger, Yang Hyun-jun.

Although putting the Staggies down to ten men, it did encourage them to sit very deep early on and try and mitigate any damage from becoming potentially confidence sapping.

After the match though, the Irishman was very confused as to why both goals from his attackers were deemed to be unlawful. Speaking to Sky Sports Scotland, he said: “It was a good performance. It’s always a different challenge when they go down to 10 men early in the game, and credit to Ross County because they worked ever so hard, went man-to-man and that’s always a different challenge.

“But I thought we created a lot of chances. We had some goals disallowed which I need to see again, especially the offside. But even the one before that where you had two guys jumping for the ball and the ball lands and we finish and it’s given as a no goal.

“So I didn’t see that as a good decision. But the guys kept going, kept persevering and we scored three outstanding goals. The guys have that quality, David Turnbull again wonderful strike. And then Luis Palma – great goal and a great dink for the third goal. And their keeper made a number of fantastic saves.”

The manager decided to freshen things up today ahead of a massive clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening and rested some players. On those changes and the contributions the squad players have made as a whole of late, he said:

“We needed new energy in the team. The guys starting gave us energy and the guys coming off the bench gave us energy and it’s a good win for us. It’s just trying to manage the game time of the players, just to make sure we’re as fresh as we can be. Obviously with the changes we were a bit slow at times, but in the main once we moved into their half we had some really good combination play.”

Paul Gillespie

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