Rodgers: Rout ideal prep for City
Celtic 6 Kilmarnock 1
Published 26/09/2016 | 02:30
Boss Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic's thrashing of Kilmarnock was the perfect warm-up for Manchester City.
Souleymane Coulibaly gave Killie the lead in the 33rd minute against the run of play with a remarkable strike from 35 yards before a double in three minutes from Hoops striker Moussa Dembele had the home side deservedly ahead at the interval.
Further goals from James Forrest, substitute Leigh Griffiths, on for Dembele, a Scott Sinclair penalty - scoring in his sixth consecutive league game - and a late Tom Rogic strike stretched Celtic's lead at the top of the table to five points over Hearts with a game in hand.
Turning his attention to City, Rodgers said: "If you win a game 6-1 it gives you great confidence.
"They (City) are an incredible team playing with high confidence in their own league.
"They get a group of the best players in the world and work them very hard and well so it is a great game for us . A home game in the Champions League is a special night and you can't really prepare for it any better."
Killie boss Lee Clark felt sorry for Coulibaly after scoring such a remarkable goal before his side's collapse. He said: "It was out of this world. He done (sic) it so quickly, there was no backlift.
"It went like an arrow but it is a shame it will be forgotten about.
"We got blown away in the second half. It was men against boys in every aspect but we have got to learn from it."