Celtic's First Goal V Anderlecht Was Teamwork At Its Best

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Striker Griffiths lit up a boring first half at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium with a poacher's goal from Kieran Tierney's 38th minute delivery and, five minutes after the break, Roberts' drive took a deflection in off substitute Kara Mbodji. Celtic hadn't ever been able to get through a match without conceding at least one goal.

BRENDAN Rodgers had plenty to smile about after Celtic's 3-0 win in Belgium last night, not only in creating his own piece of history, but after seeing his side produce a performance that could guarantee European football in to next year.

"We won, not with relative ease but with a real good professionalism, with players who look like they belong at the level", said Rodgers.

"We get our first goal from a great move".

They now face the German champions in the next two Champions League matchdays, in Munich on 18 October and at Celtic Park on 31 October.

"It is a huge jump in level into the Champions League, but I think it is pretty clear to see how the players are developing and improving".

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They created a number of chances between then and the end but the pick of the bunch came in the third minute of stoppage time.

"It was great, we had a huge result at the weekend and it was good to bounce back and do it again in the Champions League".

"In spells with the ball we were very, very good".

"It takes experience and time and it takes belief". The overall performance was outstanding and it's a great reward for the supporters.

"But when you come away to a club with a great history like Anderlecht, who got to the quarter-final of the Europa League past year, then it's a step up". A long pass on the ground from Olivier Ntcham found an overlapping Kieran Tierney on the wing. They are physical but I would not say their style is 100 per cent Scottish like it was before.

"After that Oli grew into it, he put his body on the line, got on the ball".

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