Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers hails Celtic’s ‘young players’ after Motherwell win

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed the impact of his young players after his side returned to the top of the Scottish Premiership with a comfortable 3-0 win over Motherwell.

20-year-old defender Anthony Ralston scored on his first appearance of the campaign to open the scoring at Parkhead before Scott Sinclair doubled the lead from the penalty spot. Teenager Mikey Johnston then added a third, his first goal for Celtic, on a night where captain Scott Brown made his 500th appearance for the club.

“I thought it was an excellent performance, there were some very good moments in the game.’’ Rodgers told the BBC.

“A lot of our play was very good considering the games the players have been playing. It was great to see the young players coming into the team and doing well.”

Celtic now lead the title race from rivals Rangers by a point, albeit with a game in hand.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are next in action on Saturday when they host bottom of the table Dundee.

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