Rodgers' hails Celtic's second half display

Celtic overturned a 1-0 half-time deficit to progress to the semi-final of the Scottish Cup

Rodgers' hails Celtic's second half display

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed his side's second half display as they beat St. Mirren 4-1 to progress to the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.

Harry Davis had given the visitos a shock 1-0 lead which they held onto until half time.

However, Cetlic brought on Leigh Griffiths and Patrick Roberts which helped turn the game around.

Speaking to the club's official website afterwards, Rodgers said: "It was a great performance in the second half by us. Give a huge amount of credit to our players. We weren’t so good in the first half. We were a bit below in our tempo but we stayed calm and we just upped the tempo a bit in the second half and positionally we were better and that allowed us to create more chances.

“As the game goes on for us, the fitness and mobility in our team really comes through. We know we are going to create chances and it’s about, one, taking them and, two, making sure we are stable.

“I also have to give credit to St Mirren as they are the best team we have played domestically, including Premiership teams.

“Jack has done an excellent job there. They are very well coached and he has made some signings in January which have maybe helped them, and how they are bottom of the Championship I do not know.

“They are a very-well organised, they have a good idea of the game, they play with composure and they have mobility and speed in their team .They are a very good side, and I can see how they would have beaten Hibs. We knew it was going to be a good game for us, despite their league position.

"But again, you need look at the focus and mentality of my team. They stayed calm and the crowd also stayed calm which was important. When you are trying to play a certain way, wearing a team down by passing and moving the ball then you need the crowd with you and that was the difference – as the players have improved, the crowd have understood more how we are trying to play.”

“Today shows if you fall beneath it in any way, and you don’t have the characteristics in your squad to turn it up and go again, then it can be very difficult for you," he added. 

Celtic will now play arch-rivals Rangers after the two Glasgow clubs were drawn together.