Brendan Rodgers explains why he's pleased despite Celtic defeat

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

The Scottish champions took on Inter Milan on Saturday.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer before the gameCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers and Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer before the game

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told the club’s official website that he was pleased despite his side’s loss to Inter Milan.

The Scottish champions travelled to the Republic of Ireland on Saturday to take on the Italian side in the conclusion of the International Champions Cup.

It did not prove to be a happy trip for them, though, as goals from Eder and Antonio Candreva saw Frank De Boer’s side to a 2-0 victory.

Inter Milan's Ever Banega celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goalInter Milan's Ever Banega celebrates with team-mates after scoring their first goal

It was a disappointing afternoon for Rodgers's side, who had enjoyed a strong start to the season before this defeat.

The Hoops boss though, has insisted that he was really pleased with the performance that his side put in.

“I was really pleased with the way we played against a top side with real good quality,” he told the club’s official website.

“I needed to be fair to these guys because a lot of them needed the 90 minutes. It’s important I got to see them against a really good team and I felt [it] was a really good exercise.”

Inter Milan's Antonio Candreva celebrates with team mates after scoring their second goalInter Milan's Antonio Candreva celebrates with team-mates after scoring their second goal

It now remains to be seen if Celtic can bounce back from this friendly defeat with a win in the Champions League in midweek.

They take on Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the first leg of the play-off tie at Celtic Park on Wednesday, as they seek to make into the group stage after two years.

Qualifying is one of the main reasons Rodgers was brought on board, and he will be hoping this loss does not dent their hopes of doing so.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

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