Brendan Rodgers vents on Celtic 'inexperience' in Champions League chaos as he reveals costly Feyenoord wall decision
Brendan Rodgers admits Celtic paid the price for inexperience as Gustaf Lagerbielke and Odin Thiago Holm both saw red in their Champions League defeat against Feyenoord in Rotterdam.
The pair were sent off by Bosnian whistler Irfan Peljto in the second half of the Group E loss in De Kuip and Rodgers says the Scandinavian duo will learn from their errors as he challenged his Hoops players to recover and get the Dutch side back to Parkhead in their final game with all to play for.
Swedish stopper Lagerbielke was sent off for a second booking after catching Igor Paixao, although the Brazilian’s resulting penalty was saved by Joe Hart. And Norwegian Holm was dismissed for a studs-up challenge - just 10 minutes after his introduction. The pair will be suspended for the second group game at home to Lazio next month and Rodgers told TNT Sports: “In the second half I’m really disappointed with the two sending offs and with nine men it becomes very difficult.
"The first one you just have to shepherd it through to the goalkeeper. You don’t have to get into the fight and it’s going to come through to Joe anyway so that’s just inexperience and Odin, a fantastic young player, will learn from that. He’s very committed but at any level and in particular in European football you can’t go to ground and he made it easy for the referee.
“But the spirit of the players was brilliant. We kept fighting, kept working. It was always going to be a really difficult challenge with nine men. If we get to the last game to play Feyenoord at home with everything to play for then we’ll be in with a fantastic chance.”
Rodgers also rued the manner of the first goal they conceded on the stroke of half-time with Hart appearing to be unhappy with his