Brendan Rodgers began his Celtic managerial career with a 2-2 draw in Slovenia. He watched his squad come back from 2-0 down to even things out with two second half goals.
Celtic conceded a goal either side of the interval to opponents NK Celje. The first came from corner, played out to the edge of Celtic penalty area and was hit home unchallenged in the 28th minute.
There were opportunities for Celtic to pull one back but went in at half time a goal down. For the second half, Brendan Rodgers sent out a fresh eleven players and within five minutes of the restart found themsleves 2-0 down from a freekick.
From that stage on it was pretty much all Celtic and before long they were back in the game. The half time changes had brought a better flow to the game for the Hoops.
Stuart Armstrong looked buoyant and provided Nadir Ciftci with a well delivered cross to nod home from close range in the 66th minute. Almost 10 minutes later he was provider once again picking out Tom Rogic who hit home a fine finish to draw level.
Two goals from open play was a pleasing sight particularly the way the second half eleven went about their buisness. Although a mere preseason friendly, there was plenty to be encouraged about.
I was impressed by the 12 players who played in the second half. I’ll single out Stuart Armstrong in particular but I felt the work rate, flow and stability from back to front in the second half was very positive.
Those who started the game will feel a little unlucky going in 1-0 down at half time and unable to remedy it in the second half. However, these are warm up games and everyone needs to get up to speed.
It also gives Brendan a good overview of individuals. Sunday’s game against Sturm Graz is likely to have yet another starting lineup.
Plenty to look forward to