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Rodgers praise for young duo

Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers picked out Bosun Lawal and Dane Murray for special praise following the 1-1 friendly draw at Ayr United.

Kyogo Furuhashi opened the scoring for the Premiership champions but Anton Dowds equalised from the penalty spot for Scott Brown's side.

"The game was exactly what we needed," Rodgers told CelticTV.

"Ayr are a couple of weeks in front of us in terms of their fitness but I really enjoyed it and first and foremost it is about getting that football fitness.

"It was a chance to see the personality of some of our youngsters and what they bring to the game. That they can play with no fear is really important to me.

"Bosun I really like. He has a lot of physical attributes and a lot of football ability. He has been out on loan so has that experience, and he has the power and quality to break through.

"And it was great to see Dane Murray back. He was someone I saw when he was around the first team at 16 or 17 but he has had a horrendous time with injuries so I'm really pleased for him that he's got minutes on the field for Celtic.

"He's physically a great size and moves well."