Scottish Cup: St Mirren the best Scottish side we've faced - Brendan Rodgers

Jack Ross, Brendan Rodgers
Managers Jack Ross (left) and Brendan Rodgers embrace after Celtic's Scottish Cup quarter-final win over St Mirren

Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for St Mirren after Celtic were forced to rally from a goal down to make the last four of the Scottish Cup.

Harry Davis gave the visitors a shock lead before goals from Mikael Lustig, Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths saw Celtic home.

"St Mirren are at the bottom of the Championship, but they are the best team we have played domestically," Rodgers said.

"They are well organised."

Celtic trailed 1-0 at the break and could have been 2-0 down early in the second half when Moussa Dembele's mishit clearance rebounded off his own crossbar.

"I wasn't worried at half-time, but I knew we hadn't played as well as we could have," the Celtic manager told BBC Scotland. "Second half, we just had to stay calm and up the tempo a bit.

"Once we got the first goal we really opened up and we end up getting four goals in the second half.

"I think what was very good today was that again it was another good demonstration of the players under pressure. The players and the supporters stayed calm, stayed behind the team and that's what you have to do. We had a great second half but we'll learn from the first half."

Craig Gordon
Brendan Rodgers confirmed that goalkeeper Craig Gordon is set to sign a new deal with Celtic next week

St Mirren manager Jack Ross was proud of his side's display and felt the final score was not an accurate reflection of the match.

"We understood how we had to play and we did that in the first half," Ross said. "But, once they get that momentum in the game, Celtic are difficult to stop.

"They recognised they had to do something different and they brought on Leigh Griffiths.

"I don't think my players deserved that scoreline. The focus is now on the next game and it would be a bigger achievement to escape relegation than if we had won here today."

Rodgers, who confirmed goalkeeper Craig Gordon should complete the "formalities" on a new contract with the club next week, is relishing taking his team back to Hampden for the cup semi-final.

"I'm really looking forward to going back to Hampden again. We've been there twice for the League Cup, semi-final and final, and the team were magnificent in the games.

"We just wanted to get there and we got there so that's the most important thing."

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