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Celtic beat Sturm Graz 1-0 on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers picked up a first win.

Celtic's Nadir Ciftci in action

Quoted by The Glasgow Evening Times, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised striker Nadir Ciftci and defender Saidy Janko for their performances in Sunday's 1-0 pre-season friendly win over Sturm Graz.

Rodgers registered his first victory since replaing Ronny Deila in Glasgow as Ryan Christie's strike proved enough to down the Austrian outfit in Graz yesterday.

Nadir Ciftci celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Celtic

For the Northern Irishman, it offered him a chance to see his troops in action for the second time following the 2-2 draw with Celje last week, and the former Liverpool man was impressed - especially by these two.

Ciftci and Janko were both on the periphery of things last season but both managed accomplished first-half displays which pleased Rodgers.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

“Nadir Ciftci did well up front, we pressed well in midfield and on the sides. As soon as we scored, we won the ball back and almost scored again – catching them by surprise," he said via The Glasgow Evening Times.

“There were large elements of the first half that I was really pleased with. The grass was a bit long and it was difficult to pass it, but we still did well on that front.

“Saidy was excellent at right back. He’s been out a long time and he was like a train on that side – he was solid."

20-year-old Janko managed just seven Premiership appearances for Celtic last season after joining from Manchester United, while Ciftci was forced to watch from the sidelines as Leigh Griffiths registered a 40-goal season.

He netted four times in 10 outings, but with the arrival of Moussa Dembele, it remains to be seen what kind of future Rodgers envisions for the Turkish striker this season.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (R) celebrates scoring their third goal

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