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Rodgers hails ‘great performance’ after 3-0 semi-final win over Hearts

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers praised his side’s performance against Premiership leaders Hearts in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday afternoon, which will see the Glasgow club play Aberdeen in the final in December.

Scott Sinclair, Ryan Christie and James Forrest all scored within nineteen minutes of each other in the second period after a slow first half of little note.

“We just said at half-time to show a bit more going forward, open up and move the ball a bit quicker. Once we did that, we really opened up and showed our qualities and ended up disappointed we maybe haven’t had five or six goals,” Rodgers told the BBC.

Rodgers revealed after the match how he made small tactical tweaks which altered the game in his sides favour.

“We put Ryan Christie into midfield and both him and (fellow substitute) Scott Sinclair gave us great energy and great quality.”

The performance was a bright light in an otherwise disappointing first few months for Celtic, who currently sit 6 points behind Hearts in the Premiership and have managed just 3 points from 3 games in their Europa League group.

“We’ve seen it before against ourselves, lots of teams sit back and keep it tight and see if something opens up later. Once we get the goal, it really helped us because Hearts have then got to come up and it opens up space for us. It’s a great performance after a tough, tough game in midweek and it gets us into another final.”

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