Brendan Rodgers delighted with youth progress at Celtic

Brendan Rodgers delighted with youth progress at Celtic

However, the Football Federation of Australia wants all the entire squad to meet up in Dubai on December 27, the day after the Ladbrokes Premiership leaders play Aberdeen at Pittodrie, to prepare for the Asian Cup.

The Socceroos begin their campaign on January 6. It can add something to the players either a positive or a negative'.

"The first 45 minutes I wasn't happy, far from it".

"We have some regulars (from the academy) in the team for a number of years and now you can see these guys coming through as well". It is a shame for him, a shame for us.

"But if he is not involved, it is a shame, but we will just have to prepare without him".

Middleton's measured cross picked out Morelos to head home the equaliser 25 minutes from time.

Chris Sutton, a former Premier League and Celtic player capped once by England, unloaded on the Socceroos during a BT Sports broadcast.

"That's why sometimes I never get too down with injuries because it always opens the door for someone else. That's what happens when you're surrounded by good footballers".

The Colombian took his tally for the season to 19 with the victor two minutes from time as Rangers closed to within a point behind Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic, who have a game in hand. "It was really pleasing".

He said: "I am aware that Mikey has played in the attacking positions across the front line and he has the instinct to score a goal".

The Northern Irishman was pleased with the performances of Johnston and right-back Anthony Ralston, both of whom have come through the Hoops academy.

"The opportunities presented themselves to kill the game off, and we paid the price for that at the end."
"I thought the substitutes, Sean Mackie, Daryl Horgan and Gray made a contribution and I'm delighted to have Gray back". "We're playing against a good team with good players".

"They will be good and tough games but they won't define the season", he said. The team in the first half was second best, then we were a quality team which looks like it's capable of being at the top of the table.

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