Brendan Rodgers hails Celtic man Tom Rogic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the match

The Celtic boss singled out the Australian and his team-mate for special praise.

Tomas Rogic celebrates with teammates  after scoring the second goal for Celtic

Manager Brendan Rodgers has told Celtic's official website that Tom Rogic and James Forrest deserve special praise for their performance in the Hoops' 5-0 League Cup demolition of Motherwell at Parkhead on Wednesday.

Australia midfielder Rogic started and finished the rout with goals on 20 minutes and 76 minutes, while a brace from Moussa Dembele and another from Scott Sinclair capped a fine victory for the former Liverpool boss.

St Johnstone's Dave MacKay (R) and David Wotherspoon (L) in action with Celtic's Tom Rogic

He was not amongst the goals of himself, but Forrest also dazzled for Celtic in a performance which illustrated why Rodgers saw fit to extend his contract until 2019 this week.

Rogic also put pen to paper on a three-year extension yesterday and Rodgers has claimed both lads were "excellent" against Motherwell, adding that the 23-year-old is a "wonderful footballer".

Celtic's James Forrest

“You looked at the level of both players this evening - James with his pressing in order to get the ball and then his quality with the ball, his movement without the ball, while Tom Rogic is a wonderful footballer. Both those boys were excellent," he told Celtic's official website.

Indeed, Rogic, linked with Arsenal (reported by The Star) earlier this summer, is of course a very fine player and Celtic fans will be delighted to see him commit.

Heart of Midlothian's Miguel Pallardo (R) in action with Celtic's James Forrest

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