Saturday 24 February 2018

Hibs draw great advert for Scottish league - Rodgers

Rodgers: “Hibs played very well. They have got good pace, power and energy, and it was a really tough game for us.” Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Rodgers: “Hibs played very well. They have got good pace, power and energy, and it was a really tough game for us.” Photo credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

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Boss Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic's thrilling 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Saturday demonstrated the best of Scottish football.

During an exciting, end-to-end 90 minutes Hibs midfielder John McGinn and Hoops counterpart Callum McGregor scored twice and there was a save-of-the-season contender when Celtic's Craig Gordon denied Steven Whittaker from close range.

The draw extended the Hoops' unbeaten domestic run to 58 games and keeps them top of the Ladbrokes Premiership on goal difference over Aberdeen. Rodgers is aware that the game in Scotland is often compared unfavourably with the glamour of the Premier League in England but the Northern Irishman insists the enthralling encounter in the east end of Glasgow had it all.

"It was an outstanding advert for the game up here," he said. "Over 60,000 people, great atmosphere, the home team going behind trying to preserve this unbeaten run and winning mentality, and to get back in was great for us.

"Hibs played very well. They have got good pace, power and energy, and it was a really tough game for us."

With Celtic duo Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong out of Scotland's World Cup qualifying double-header against Slovakia and Slovenia through injury, the uncapped McGregor was called up by manager Gordon Strachan yesterday.

"Listen, all I can do is play well for Celtic, getting goals and assists," McGregor said.

Hibs manager Neil Lennon is hoping his side will take confidence from the performance and the result. He said: "Their drive and concentration levels were great. I need that every week."

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