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Brendan Rodgers makes bizarre assessment of Scott Brown's performance against Barcelona

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Barcelona gave Celtic a footballing lesson on Tuesday evening as they inflicted the heaviest defeat in the Scottish outfit's European history, with a 7-0 victory.

Brendan Rodgers' side couldn't get close to the Spaniards, who suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to La Liga minnows Alaves on the same hallowed turf on Saturday.

However, while it was a dominant display from the Catalans, who boasted 72% possession, it would have been unfair to launch a scathing attack of the Celtic players who barely had the opportunity to make an impact on the match.


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Moussa Dembele had the perfect opportunity to draw the visitors level from the penalty spot early on, however, the forward saw his penalty saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Celtic were unable to recover.

But despite Celtic being unable to influence the game, Rodgers gave a bizarre assessment of captain, Scott Brown's, performance at the Camp Nou.

“Scott Brown’s performance was outstanding." said Rodgers following his first Champions League fixture in charge of The Bhoys.

In fairness, the 31-year-old did get the joint-highest rating in the Scottish Daily Record, but so did four other of his teammates.

Brown won numerous challenges to stop the advances of the opposition, while doing his best to shield Celtic's fragile back four. However, despite trying to help the Scot's forward, his influence on the attack was limited by Barcelona's brilliance


Despite their heavy defeat, Rodgers side will not be allowing themselves to get too down about their convincing defeat to the current La Liga champions, with Barcelona clearly taking their frustration of defeat at the weekend out on the Scots.

But one man who wouldn't have been getting Rodgers' plaudits was Kolo Toure. The former Ivory Coast international nearly sent the ball into the back of his own net with a clumsy attempted clearance which crashed against the post.

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