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Celtic thrashing at the hands of Barcelona not so bad: Rodgers

By Ronnie Esplin

Brendan Rodgers hailed Barcelona's comeback against Paris St Germain as "incredible" and claimed it puts Celtic's 7-0 thrashing by the Catalans into context.

Barca made Champions League history in dramatic style by recovering from a 4-0 last-16 deficit to beat the French champions 6-1 in the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.

The Hoops suffered their record European defeat in their Group C fixture at the same venue in September before finishing bottom of the section which included Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Rodgers, preparing for the visit of Old Firm rivals Rangers in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Sunday, watched Barca scale new heights with interest.

"Well, I thought our 7-0 didn't look so bad," said the Ulsterman, who confirmed winger James Forrest is back in the squad after recovering from a knee injury.

"If they can score six against PSG, then it maybe was not as embarrassing as some of you guys said back then. They can do that, they did it to us and you see them doing it to one of the richest teams in the world."

Celtic's Moussa Dembele picked up the Ladbrokes Premiership player of the month award for February.

The runaway leaders have gone 34 domestic games unbeaten since the start of the season and are 33 points ahead of third-placed Rangers, 27 ahead of Aberdeen. Celtic have beaten Rangers three times this season and the sides meet again in next month's Scottish Cup semi-finals.

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