Rodgers signed Tour for Liverpool in 2013 following the Ivory Coast players bouts at Manchester City and Arsenal. After making him an early recruit in his Celtic reign, Rodgers called Tour would flourish in Scotland and be a huge advantage to the team. I brought Kolo into Liverpool to add that touch of expertise and help to the centre-halves there at the time. He was excellent in the major matches for me when I was there. He looks after himself; he's a superb professional, and he's the great encounter. Rodgers, talking to the clubs website, included: With lots of young players in our squad, he can help them, and he can be of great aid for the likes of Scott Brown, who's a great leader. But he wants to support and helps him as well. It'll be a great girl for Scotty to have someone behind him who has that actual big game encounter. The sides went into the match with distinct schedules and degrees of fitness. For Claudio Ranieri's English winners, this was just their second game of the preseason, whereas Celtic have a Champions League qualifier against Astana in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, affirmed he expects to sign Kolo Tour on Sunday. The former Liverpool defender, 35, was on the ground to see the Leicester match having had a medical before in the day, with a year-long deal on the table. I brought him into Liverpool to add that touch of the encounter, and I believe you've seen from his impact there that he was a vital player, said Rodgers. He was excellent for me in the big matches. He looks after himself, and I only believe with lots of young players in our squad he can help them. The 35-year old was photographed outside Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow before getting a medical on Saturday morning, and he later attended the preseason match with Leicester City. The hosts swarmed around the Red Imps from kickoff. Celtic considered they had a 10th-minute penalty, just for the referee to change his decision and give a free kick rather. Griffiths blazed that over. McGregor was denied again with 18 minutes played, this time by super low saves from Ral Navas. Mikael Lustig was to supply the opening goal, the Swedish defenseman swivelling before turning the ball home. Red Imps had previously failed to describe a Stuart Armstrong freekick from Celtics right flank. Griffiths shortly doubled the Celtic edge. The striker, so prolific last season, continued this theme with a ferocious drive from 18 yards. Just 25 minutes into the match, it was already a matter of how many Celtic would pick to score. Red Imps were pursuing shadows.
Patrick Roberts notched the third and one worthy of praise, despite the lowly degree of resistance. The Manchester City loanee danced through the visiting defence, playing a neat one-two with McGregor before providing an equally self-possessed finish. It duly transpired as such. Red Imps had brief flirtations with the border of the Celtic penalty area but never looked to have the belief or ability to make that existence count. There should never have been any real doubt about that, the apparent lifting of eyebrows after the Northern Irishman's first competitive match responsible for the Scottish winners causing defeat in Gibraltar apart. Celtic were the overwhelming favourites to turn this Champions League qualifying tie around on their move and duly did undoubtedly. In front of a close-to-capacity crowd, Rodgers presided over a summer stroll that was over as a contest within 30 minutes. Even Celtics manager, in time, may raise a smile when the issue of Gibraltar is raised. Scottish soccer hasn't yet sunk to depths where glaringly small websites like the Red Imps can reign supreme over two legs. The next round, where Astana of Kazakhstan lie in wait, will supply Rodgers and his guys with another evaluation thoroughly. Rodgers has apparently increased degrees of confidence during his early weeks in post.
I was pleased with the approach of the players, Rodgers said. I was satisfied with the way we took to the match right from kick off. We scored three, but I believe their goalkeeper stopped it being double amounts. I'm pleased to qualify. That was the goal here. The intensity from the beginning was excellent. By round three, Celtic expect to have added essential depth of ability to a lopsided squad. Rodgers has targeted a centre-back and a winger as questions of precedence. We've another solid tie, on a plastic pitch, but we will be prepared for it, Rodgers said of Astana. The former Liverpool manager played down any awareness of the first-leg shock and, in doing thus, staunchly refused to castigate his players. That strategy was remarkable and possibly an entry of shortcomings of his own, the deployment of two holding midfielders among them. Within one Glasgow half, Rodgers awareness of composure had been fully supported. Celtics setup was changed here.