Rodgers praises Celtic’s nerve

Brendan Rodgers was delighted with Celtic’s 1-0 win over Rosenborg to progress to the Champions League play-offs.

“It was a big performance,” he said after the game. “Everybody was talking about the pressure of the game, to play that way was sensational. I’m delighted the way the players kept their nerve.

“It was comfortable throughout the game. We haven’t conceded a goal in this [qualifying] phase. People look at our creativity, but there’s steel there, not just style.”

Celtic will be seeded in Friday’s play-off round draw, so could face Astana, Qarabag, Rijeka, Hapoel Beer Sheva or Slavia Prague to reach the group phase of the competition.

“When the draw comes it’s going to be one of those anxious moments again at some point over the two legs,” he added. “Whoever we get, it will be a tough game but my focus is now on Hearts on Saturday.”