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Saturday 19 August 2017

Brendan Rodgers hits back at Roy Keane's Celtic jibes with comments on Ireland's Euro 2016 celebrations

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Brendan Rodgers has responded to Roy Keane's criticism of Celtic over-celebrating their Champions League qualification with reference to the Ireland assistant manager's reaction to securing a place at Euro 2016.

Celtic were hammered 7-0 in their group stage opener against Barcelona at the Nou Camp last week, their reward for edging Israeli outfit Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the final qualification round.

The Hoops were buoyant after securing their place in the group stage, but Keane took the management and players to task after the mid-week humbling, claiming that the the celebrations were so excessive that he 'actually thought they won the competition'.

Celtic boss Rodgers was asked about the remarks ahead of this weekend's game with Inverness, and issued a response, referring to the exuberant scenes after Ireland beat Bosnia and Herzegovina to qualify for Euro 2016.

“I have seen some bits of Roy," Rodgers told the Daily Record.

"Listen, I respect his opinion. He has been a manager and he understands and he is an assistant now.

“He has seen what it means in order to achieve something. When they qualified for the Euros I think that was an achievement.

“I don’t think there were too many of their staff who stood not smiling, or hugging, or cuddling.

“Where we are at, we went through six real tough qualification games. You can’t understand it until you actually come through it and actually experience the emotion and what it means to people.”

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