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Have faith in us, Rodgers urges Celtic fans after last-gasp Euro victory

By Steven Beacom

Published 04/08/2016

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and striker Leigh Griffiths
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and striker Leigh Griffiths

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has called on the fans to trust his players more following their dramatic injury-time 2-1 victory over Astana at Parkhead to book a Champions League play-off spot.

The Carnlough man was delighted with his team after Moussa Dembele's last gasp penalty won the game and the tie 3-2 on aggregate giving the Hoops a chance of progressing to the lucrative group stages of the competition.

They need to win one more tie to do it and will find out their opponents tomorrow.

Dembele's strike came after Agim Ibraimi had equalised Leigh Griffiths' first-half penalty. Astana had Igor Shitov and Dmitri Shomko dismissed.

Rodgers - seen here celebrating with Griffiths - hailed the fans, but asked for more patience and faith.

He said: "The supporters were unbelievable for us but the only thing I can say is that they need to show a little bit of patience as well.

"I am a Celtic supporter, I know what they want and I know how desperately they want it but they put the players on edge at times," Rodgers added.

"So I hope going forward, instead of having that edginess, trust the players, trust our game model."

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