Gordon Strachan praises Celtic character in Hapoel Be'er Sheva win

Celtic's Tomas Rogic celebrates scoring their first goal with Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown

Brendan Rodgers' side ran out 5-2 winners in the Champions League play off on Wednesday.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has praised Celtic for showing character in the win over Hapoel Be’er Sheva, speaking to BT Sport.

The Scottish champions ran out 5-2 winners against the Israeli side on Wednesday evening in their Champions League play off clash.

It was an evening of mixed emotions for Brendan Rodgers side, who led 3-0 at half time courtesy of two goals from Leigh Griffiths and a strike from Tom Rogic.

Celtic's Tomas Rogic celebrates scoring their first goal with Leigh Griffiths and Scott BrownCeltic's Tomas Rogic celebrates scoring their first goal with Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown

However, the away side hit back in the second half to bring the score back to 3-2 and leave the Hoops reeling.

They held their nerve though to add another two goals and finish as 5-2 winners, a result which will surely see them through to the group stages.

Strachan was impressed by what he saw, saying that the side answered back when their character was questioned. 

“There was a character moment there,” he told BT Sport.

“When their character was questioned, they come good. The manager and the players didn’t get spooked by the team coming back.”

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring their third goalCeltic's Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring their third goal

It now remains to be seen if Celtic can see the job through in the second leg after this success.

With a three goal advantage to their name, they will be confident of doing so although the second half of this game showed they cannot take anything for granted.

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates scoring their fifth goalCeltic's Scott Brown celebrates scoring their fifth goal

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