Eoghan O'Connell shares the advice Rodgers gave him before Astana tie

Eoghan O'Connell celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Celtic

Celtic drew with FC Astana in the Champions League earlier this week.

Eoghan O'Connell scores the first goal for CelticEoghan O'Connell scores the first goal for Celtic

Celtic youngster Eoghan O’Connell has told the Daily Mail that Brendan Rodgers told him before the clash with FC Astana to take the game and build on it.

The 20-year-old was called upon to fill in at the back for the Scottish champions in their Champions League third round qualifying clash this week.

He put in an impressive performance too, limiting the Kazakhstan side to just one goal with a backs-to-the-wall performance.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the matchCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the match

That helped his side secure a vital 1-1 draw to take back to Celtic Park for the second leg next week.

And he says his manager told him before the game to take the game and build on it, insisting that is something he fully intends to do.

“I will be looking to push on from this. Of course I will,” he told the Daily Mail.

“The manager said to me before the game to take this game and then build on it. That is what I will be looking to do.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the matchCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers before the match

It will now be interesting to see if O’Connell can go on to make himself a first team regular for Celtic in the near future.

He faces a fight to get into the team, with the arrival of Kolo Toure having pushed him down the pecking order.

Given the manner in which the Celtic defence has struggled in recent years though, there is every chance that there may be further opportunities for the youngster in future.

Eoghan O'Connell celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for CelticEoghan O'Connell celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Celtic

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