Monday 18 December 2017

Rodgers: Rout ideal prep for City

Celtic 6 Kilmarnock 1

Turning his attention to City, Rodgers said: “If you win a game 6-1 it gives you great confidence.
Turning his attention to City, Rodgers said: “If you win a game 6-1 it gives you great confidence." Photo: PA

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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.

Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring Celtic's fourth goal. Photo: PA
Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring Celtic's fourth goal. Photo: PA

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."

Scott Sinclair scores Celtic's fifth goal of the match. Photo: PA
Scott Sinclair scores Celtic's fifth goal of the match. Photo: PA

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."

James Forrest scores his sides third goal. Photo: PA
James Forrest scores his sides third goal. Photo: PA

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