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Playing at Celtic Park will live with Linfield players forever, says Brendan Rodgers

By Gareth Hanna

Playing at Celtic Park is an experience that will live with Linfield's players for the rest of their lives.

That's according to Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers after his side saw off the Blues 4-0 at Parkhead.

He embraced Linfield boss David Healy at full-time and was keen to praise the Northern Irish champions afterwards.

"David's done a great job," the Celts boss told BBC Radio Scotland. "They're a team that haven't lost much and have a mentality of winning.

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"It's never easy coming here. We've seen other teams come here, suffer and struggle. I'm very much a Northern Irishman and I like to see my fellow guys do well. They've fought over the two legs and tonight have had an experience that will live with them for the rest of their lives. They've played at Celtic Park, which was full. That shows you the amazing supporters, to come out and support us in a game like this. It's an amazing experience for them.

"I thought Roy Carroll, over the course of the two legs, made some fantastic saves, but we got four goals, worked on our fitness and showed some fantastic moments of football.

"I thought we played well. I thought our positioning was much better than the first leg. We got in between them. Over the two legs 95% was played in the final third. It doesn't matter what the team is, it's very difficult to play against that. We spoke at half-time about a bit more movement without the ball. We needed to be a bit more dynamic."

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