Brendan Rodgers took time to reflect on Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park.
Midfielder Ryan Christie opened the scoring for the champions inside thirteen minutes, though a late equaliser by Motherwell’s Danny Johnson meant Rodgers’ men would leave North Lanarkshire disappointed and without all three points.
A total of seven changes were made to the side which started in Sunday’s cup final triumph; Craig Gordon, Cristian Gamboa, Jozo Simunovic, Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, Jonny Hayes and Leigh Griffiths all came into the side in the manager’s bid to rotate the squad.
Rodgers spoke to the media after the match, which was Celtic’s third draw already this season.
It wasn’t a very good performance. It was a game we didn’t play very well in. We scored a good goal in the first half, had a chance we didn’t take form a penalty and then had a goal ruled out from Benkovic.
I wasn’t happy with our positioning and the level of our game in the first half. In the second half we were a bit better. We had more control and our positioning was a bit better but, at times, we were too loose.
You can’t go through a season with 11 players so we made the changes. We have players injured too so it was what we had to do. It’s good for me to have a look and see the level that some of them are at.
Tonight we just made too many mistakes. It’s always good for me as a manager to see a game like that so I can see how the players cope. We’ll get back again and recover.
It’s disappointing to concede the late goal but we’re looking forward to playing at home. It seems like ages since we’ve been at home.
If you don’t take opportunities in the game, then you leave yourself vulnerable at the end. It was a disappointing goal to concede so it was definitely two-points lost.
The Hoops sit third in the table, though they do have a game in hand over second-placed Rangers who they are level on points with.
Top of the tree Kilmarnock now face a trip to Celtic Park on Saturday to face the champions; who are at home domestically for the first time since defeating Hearts 5-0 over a month ago.