Rodgers pleased after Celtic win memorable game against Motherwell

It finished 4-3 to the champions

Brendan Rodgers

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers heaped praise on match-winner Tom Rogic after the champions overturned a 2-0 half-time deficit to record a memorable 4-3 win.

Speaking to the club's website after the match he said:“I’m absolutely delighted with the result, and the second half performance showed we are a winning team with a winning mentality."

“In the first half we were disappointing defensively. The team couldn’t press like we do as the back-four were too deep, particularly my two centre-halves. We weren’t aggressive enough in the game."

"Up front, we didn’t hold it up so our game was a little bit broken and they were deserving of their lead, and I thought they scored two really good goals but poor defending from us."

“We needed to change the momentum of the game so we changed the shape of the team, going to three-diamond-three to give them different problems and give us more numbers inside, keeping the width and it also allowed us to attack but still have the stability of the back-three."

“It was a big risk at 2-0, especially with the spaces that sometimes it can leave, but the players were exceptional in how they accepted the risk and the level they played at technically and how they worked the spaces tactically, and the goals were sublime.

The manager highlighted the contribution of match-winner Rogic, who has now scored 10 goals this season.

“He’s an amazing player, with a real high level of technique and he’s improving his stamina all the time.”

“He’s playing in different positions for us but what he can get goals and he’s scoring important goals. His contribution was outstanding.”

Celtic sit eight points clear of second placed Rangers with three games in hand.