Saturday 19 January 2019

'Barca win puts Celt loss in perspective' - says boss Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers hailed Barcelona's comeback against Paris St Germain as "incredible" and claimed it puts Celtic's 7-0 thrashing by the Catalans into context.

Barca made Champions League history in dramatic style by recovering from a 4-0 last-16 deficit to beat the French side 6-1 in the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.

The Scottish champions suffered their record European defeat in their Group C fixture at the same venue in September before finishing bottom of the section which included Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Speaking at the club's Lennoxtown training complex, Rodgers, preparing for the visit of Old Firm rival Rangers in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Sunday, watched Barca scale new heights with interest.

"Well, I thought our 7-0 didn't look so bad," said the Northern Irishman, who confirmed winger James Forrest is back in the squad after recovering from a knee injury.

"If they can score six against PSG, then it maybe was not as embarrassing as some of you guys said back then.

"They can do that, they did it to us and you see them doing it to one of the richest teams in the world.

"Incredible and what a message for players to be resilient and stick with it. Big quality and big belief from some of the best players in the world."

The former Swansea and Liverpool boss also paid tribute to Moussa Dembele who picked up the Ladbrokes Premiership player of the month award for February.

The 20-year-old French striker, signed from Fulham last summer for a reported fee of £500,000, notched six league goals last month and his 12 strikes in the last six games has taken him to 32 for the season.

"He is a big-game player, no question of that," said Rodgers.

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