Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he is pleased with the football gods following his team’s win over Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup final.
Ryan Christie scored the only goal of the encounter at the end of the first half as Celtic edged a narrow 1-0 win over Aberdeen to claim the first silverware of the season.
However, Brendan Rodgers refused to be drawn on the prospect of winning the Scottish Premiership this season, saying: “We haven’t even played the second round of games yet in the league. That’s a long, long way away.”
But the former Liverpool boss admitted the fact that Christie was the match-winner against the team he spent last season on loan with is ironic.
“It’s the footballing gods that we saw today,” said Rodgers, according to The National.
“When I came in he wasn’t ready to play week in, week out. We could see there was a talent there, but you need to have that physicality. You need to have that power as well as the quality. He’s always had the quality. I felt he needed to get some games.”
“I’ve got good relations with Derek (Aberdeen manager McInnes). We both looked at it and we both felt he still needed to do more in the big games. But there’s absolutely no doubt he went away and got that physicality in body strength and durability in terms of how we want to play and the intensity.”
“He came back in the summer and in the last eight or nine weeks he has shown that. It’s fantastic to see his status grow now and in the big games he’s shown really that he has that quality to play for the biggest teams.”
“I’m delighted for him. The football gods, lo and behold he scored against the team he was at for 18 months. It was a wonderful finish, a great run off the ball. The keeper made a good save, but he reacts very well to it and finishes it and it ends up being the winner.”