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Brendan Rodgers excuses Kolo Toure blunders as Celtic crash

By Adam McKendry

Published 20/10/2016

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 19: A Celtic fan sings during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Celtic FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Celtic Park on October 19, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 19: A Celtic fan sings during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Celtic FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Celtic Park on October 19, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Kolo Toure of Celtic looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Celtic FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Celtic Park on October 19, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
Borussia Monchengladbach's Yannik Vestergaard (left) and Celtic's Tom Rogic battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer (right) and Celtic's Moussa Dembele battle for the ball in the air during the UEFA Champions League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Celtic supporters show their support with a banner reading 'paradise' during the UEFA Champions League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Borussia Monchengladbach's form a group huddle before the UEFA Champions League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 19: Jannik Vestergaard of Borussia Moenchengladbach and Moussa Dembele of Celtic battle for an aerial ball during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Celtic FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Celtic Park on October 19, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
Celtic supporters show their support with a banner reading 'paradise' during the UEFA Champions League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers refused to blame Kolo Toure for his side’s 2-0 defeat at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League.

Ex-Arsenal and Liverpool centre-back Toure lost possession twice in key areas, and both times led to goals for the Germans.

The defeat leaves Celtic struggling to qualify for the knockout stages and after the game the Ivorian himself admitted that he placed the blame upon himself for the setback.

However, Ulsterman Rodgers defended the veteran centre-back, as did Celtic captain Scott Brown, with both men refusing to attribute blame to Toure for the loss. “He’s a top professional, Kolo,” said Rodgers (left). “When you’re asking players to play at times that happens. There’s no blame attached to him.”

Celtic now sit bottom of Group C and Rodgers admitted his side had been well beaten by their German opponents, who  remarkably won their first away match in Europe since 1977.

“They’re a very good side. They were just sharper than us,” he said.

“I can’t complain about my players, they gave everything. You don’t want to gift anything and we probably gifted two goals away. The best team won.”

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