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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers must wait for first victory after NK Celje draw

NK Celje 2-2 Celtic

By Robert Jones

Published 01/07/2016

Work in progress: Brendan Rodgers' Celtic reign is up and running
Work in progress: Brendan Rodgers' Celtic reign is up and running

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge of the Scottish champions ended in a 2-2 friendly draw against NK Celje in Slovenia.

Former Liverpool boss Rodgers, who replaced Ronny Deila in May, saw his side fall behind to two goals from Celje captain Danijel Miskic either side of the break before Nadir Ciftci and Tom Rogic hauled Celtic level in the second-half.

The Bhoys fell behind in the 28th minute when midfielder Miskic fired home with a first-time shot from inside the box following a low corner.

Ulsterman Rodgers made wholesale changes at the interval before Celtic fell further behind in the 50th minute, with Miskic curling home a free-kick via a slight deflection.

Celtic pulled one back six minutes later through Ciftci's header following Stuart Armstrong's cross and were rewarded for concerted pressure in the 75th minute when Rogic chipped home a fine finish.

Rodgers said: "It was an excellent workout for us. The overall objective was to develop our fitness so we certainly had that. I'm very pleased.

"The second-half was quicker and the speed of our game was much better than the first-half. I was very pleased with the overall attitude."

- Northern Ireland international Niall McGinn hit a late goal in his side's 3-1 victory over Fola Esch in the Europa League.

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