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Saidy Janko thankful for Brendan Rodgers' faith

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

The Celtic boss likened the 20-year-old to a "train".

Celtic's new signing Saidy Janko looks on before the game

Quoted by The Glasgow Evening Times, Celtic right-back Saidy Janko is thankful for the advice and motivation afforded to him by manager Brendan Rodgers - but admits he is unsure about the Northern Irishman's description of him.

The 20-year-old endured an injury-disrupted first season at Parkhead following a summer switch from Manchester United, making just 13 appearances after suffering ankle ligament damage.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (R) celebrates scoring their first goal with Saidy Janko

The barnstorming full-back joined Celtic with a big reputation after captaining the Red Devils' reserve side, and Rodgers described him as a "train" by virtue of his speed and power.

The Swiss defender doesn't know about that comparison, but he appreciates Rodgers's faith in him all the same.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

"I don't know about me being a train but the manager has been very positive with me, and the rest of the squad," he said via The Glasgow Evening Times.

"He gives me a lot of advice and he's encouraging me too. I am motivated to do well for Celtic and the manager."

Janko is expected to start tonight's visit of Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League as Celtic look to overturn a humiliating 1-0 first-leg defeat by the semi-professional side.

Rodgers's side could and definitely should reverse the damage of last week's setback in Gibraltar, in which Janko played the full 90 minutes.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

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