Celtic were 1-0 winners over Sturm Graz courtesy of a goal from Ryan Christie.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says his side achieved all of their targets in the win over Sturm Graz.

The Hoops took on the Austrian side in their second pre-season game on Sunday evening as preparations for the new campaign get underway.

It proved to be a good evening for Rodgers as he secured his first win as Celtic boss, courtesy of Ryan Christie’s goal 10 minutes before half-time.

And he was clearly delighted with what his side had to show in the victory, labelling the game a great exercise for the Scottish champions.

“I felt it was a great exercise for us,” he told celticfc.net.

“Most of the objectives were achieved from the game in terms of our fitness and football. We set some targets before the game and for me the players achieved them all.”

Rodgers will now be hoping to see further improvement from his new side as pre-season progresses.

There is a lot of pressure on their shoulders for next season, especially with Rangers returning to the top flight also.

Mark Warburton’s side are keen to challenge for the title at the first time of asking, and Rodgers will be equally keen to deny them that and secure a sixth successive title for the club in his first year in charge.

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