Celtic's Champions League win against Anderlecht will provide "belief", says Brendan Rodgers

Oct 01, 2017, 00:40
Celtic's Champions League win against Anderlecht will provide

He also thinks the pressure has been lifted for Celtic's forthcoming Champions League games against Bayern Munich, which the Bhoys can now enjoy.

The SPFL title holders and current league leaders were rock solid at the back from the first whistle, with 'keeper Craig Gordon keeping a clean sheet, while Celtic were absolutely clinical in attack, both elements of the performance pleasing the Celtic coach.

Celtic ended their four-year wait for a Champions League group stage win with a 3-0 victory over Anderlecht, this stunner from Scott Sinclair was the pick of the bunch.

Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring in the 38th minute at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, and shortly after the restart, Patrick Roberts's effort deflected off Kara Mbodji to double the visitors' lead. I think Lenny was the last in 2012 and before that God knows when a Scottish team has won away from home.

"We did very, very well".

Last term, Celtic managed just three points and were without a win during their Champions League campaign.

Rodgers said: "The message I gave to the players when we came in here 15 months ago was; lots of people will tell you what you CAN'T do".

There were a total of 28 passes between the Celtic players, with a great cross in from Kieran Tierney to his Scottish worldwide teammate Griffiths, who provided the finish. This is a huge jump from where we're coming from into this level.

Up next for Celtic in Europe is a trip to Bayern Munich on October 18.

Anderlecht's interim boss Nicolas Frutos stood on the sidelines frustrated as Rodgers' side withstood everything the Belgian champions could throw at them before Sinclair scored a breakaway third in added time. It is credit for the players, they deserve it.

"We had worked the ball really well from side to side, and then he made an absolutely sublime pass to get Kieran Tierney in behind".