Rodgers lauds ‘fantastic team performance’ after Kilmarnock win

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised his side’s performance as they returned to the top of the Scottish Premier League with a 5-1 win over Kilmarnock.

Steve Clarke’s visiting Kilmarnock side had led the division prior to kick-off, but goals from James Forrest (2), Odsonne Edouard, Michael Lustig and Ryan Christie ensured an emphatic win for the champions and returned them to the summit.

In what appears to be a tighter race at the top than previous seasons, the convincing win was a statement from Rodger’s side, who responded to talk of a Kilmarnock title challenge.

“We knew we had to play at a high level to get a result. The players deserve a huge amount of credit because of the quality of the football we played.’’ Rodgers told BBC.

“When we got the other side of Kilmarnock’s midfield our quality in the wide areas and in the centre got us some fantastic goals. All in all it was an outstanding team performance.

Celtic’s next fixture is a crucial home Europa League clash with Red Bull Leipzig on Thursday night as they look to secure qualification to the knock-out stages.

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