Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for his Celtic side despite their 3-1 defeat to RB Salzburg, saying that his players gave everything.
The Hoops took an early lead through Odsonne Edouard but were pegged back early in the second half by Moanes Dabour. Takumo Minamoto put the Austrian side ahead just six minutes later, before James Forrest received his marching orders, with Dabour scoring his second of the night from the resulting penalty kick.
Despite surrendering the lead, Rodgers couldn’t fault his side’s desire and work rate:
“It was a great start for us. Good pace and strength and then a wonderful finish. You could see the confidence in the team right from the beginning,” the former Liverpool boss told the media.
“You can see how Salzburg play, they are a very good side but we limited them really in terms of clear chances.
“But at this level you have to be better with the ball and keep the ball and be able to play quicker with minimal touches, otherwise you don’t get a rest in the game and that hurt us this evening.
“But the guys gave everything, even when down to 10 men they were running, fighting, working and as I said, we were just beaten by the better team.”