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Rodgers retains pride in his Celtic but insists visitors 'got away' with penalty call

By Ronnie Esplin

Brendan Rodgers believes his side should have been awarded a stoppage-time penalty as he watched Celtic drop points for only the second time in the league under his guidance.

Substitute Leigh Griffiths was hauled down by Gers goalscorer Clint Hill in the third minute of added time, but the striker's appeals for a spot-kick were waved away by referee Bobby Madden, much to the annoyance of Rodgers.

He said: "It's never nice when you concede so late. We are disappointed with the goal, but I'm really proud of the players.

"We aim to win every game and if you can't win then you take a point and my only disappointment is that it was a penalty at the end.

"Whenever Clint Hill tells me that 'he got away with it at the end' then that lets me know that it was a penalty.

"But like I say, our run continues - we were focused to get the result, we didn't get the three points, but we will take the point and move onto the next game.

"These types of games are always tense and difficult games to play in. I just thought we could have played better and better (at) controlling the first half and I was much happier in the second half.

"But overall, it probably shows the level the team is at where we are disappointed to not win the game, but certainly if you don't win it, you take your point and move on."

It was Graeme Murty's last game as interim manager before returning to take the Rangers under-20 side.

When he was asked about the penalty shout, Murty said: "Possibly. Rangers TV tell me it was an outstanding tackle, but they're bound to say that.

"You get them and you don't get them. Things happen in the game and we've had some hard knocks.

"Celtic will no doubt say that it should have been, but I'll just enjoy the moment if that's okay.

"I'm pleased for the players. I thought they showed a degree of tenacity and grit that they have been questioned about and challenged about for a long time.

"They stood up in a difficult environment and managed to get something from the game. And I thought without two outstanding saves from Craig Gordon they could have had more.

"It took a man's performance to stand up to a very good team".

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