Brendan Rodgers claimed he had by no means been angrier as a supervisor after watching Celtic’s “delicate” first-half efficiency in a 3-1 cinch Premiership comeback win over St Johnstone.
Celtic trailed at half-time after conceding from an inswinging nook for the second weekend operating. Diallang Jaiyesimi received the ultimate contact because the champions struggled to take care of Graham Carey’s supply and the aftermath.
David Turnbull had Celtic’s sole shot heading in the right direction within the first half as Saints threatened to take extra factors off the league leaders following a goalless Parkhead attract August.
With Mikey Johnston off the bench for Yang Hyun-jun, the guests had been a lot improved after the break. Callum McGregor and Matt O’Riley netted with highly effective strikes earlier than substitute James Forrest scored on the counter-attack in stoppage-time after Jay Turner-Cooke had come shut on the different finish.
However Rodgers stated: “I’m nonetheless offended, if I’m sincere. The primary half was nowhere close to what you count on from a Celtic participant and group. Simply the extent of depth and ambition within the sport, the pace, we had been completely nowhere close to it.
“We received bullied for the objective and we had been delicate in all the pieces, with and with out the ball. Half-time was the angriest I’ve ever been as a supervisor.
“Individuals who have been round me will know I’m usually very calm. It was nothing tactical – this was about need and what it takes to play for this membership.
“Fortunately within the second half the gamers had been sensible. Callum McGregor was excellent and I received extra of the power and ambition that I would like.
“It was what I anticipated within the first half. We’d gone a game-and-a-half and never scored, with the best of respect, in opposition to St Johnstone.
“Craig (Levein) had organised his group effectively and so they received their objective from the set-piece that we had been delicate at. I count on far more from us.
“Second half, it was an actual testomony to the gamers, as a result of they might have folded and been nervy, however they received to the extent I demand from them.
“They had been unbelievable objectives and we might have had extra. It’s a reminder that for those who go delicate, for those who go timid in opposition to any group, they will harm you.”
Craig Levein was dissatisfied by the turnaround however inspired by his facet’s total show.
“We did a whole lot of good issues and defended rather well,” the Saints supervisor stated.
“We’ve misplaced to 2 great items of ability. These two objectives had been like a kick within the whatsits. The final objective I’m not bothered up – we had been gung-ho by then.”
Levein added: “One of many issues I’m assured we are able to enhance is our health.
“We drained a bit within the second half, which is comprehensible. There’s a whole lot of focus wanted to chop off passing traces, shut areas and defend the field in the appropriate areas. That’s tiring.
“However I do know we are able to get fitter – and that may assist us in our quest to climb the desk.”