Brendan Rodgers hailed Celtic’s traditional never-say-die spirit following their late 2-1 cinch Premiership win over St Mirren at Parkhead.
Saints attacker Conor McMenamin headed the visitors in front in the seventh minute but returning Hoops midfielder David Turnbull levelled in the 18th minute with a fine strike before hitting the post with a penalty just before the half-hour mark.
The league leaders kept chipping away in the second half and eventually got their reward in the 83rd minute when South Korean attacker Oh Hyeon-gyu took a pass from fellow substitute Odin Thiago Holm and fired high past excellent Buddies goalkeeper Zach Hemming.
The Celtic boss smiled as he said: “It was coming.”
He added: “Listen, it’s one of those ones – you know the game lasts 90 plus minutes so you trust your team.
“They’ve scored late goals already this season. It’s the make-up of this club to keep going and persevere.
“I was really just pleased with the quality of the winning goal. We saw that at Motherwell when we got that winner (Matt O’Riley) late on.
“With 80-odd minutes on the clock here, you can start to panic but we worked the ball really well.
“The goal was terrific. Of course you can never be sure but I trust the team that they will keep going until the end and when you do that opportunities will come.
“It’s part of the value of this team – that ability to keep going. When you bring in players you are always looking for players who have that resilience in their make-up.
“It’s part of what you do when you recruit a player. When you play for a club like this one, there’s no choice – you keep fighting, you keep running and allow your quality to come through and that’s exactly what happened.
“We had a penalty and Kyogo (Furuhashi) had a chance as well. So we could have been more comfortable in the scoreline.
“At 2-1, you just want to grind it out and get the result.”
It was Oh’s first goal of the season and Rodgers was pleased for the South Korean.
Rodgers said: “It was a great finish. Nice little very combination with Kyogo and Odin can shoot if he’s selfish. But he plays a lovely pass in and the big guy takes his touch and it’s a wonderful finish.
“I’m really pleased for him. For the guys who aren’t playing so much, you always have to recognise and acknowledge their efforts which I did with them.
“He looks after his body, his diet, everything is superb. He’s so professional, he looks at his training and he knows when asked upon he can come in and make an impact. And what an impact.”
St Mirren remain in third place and boss Stephen Robinson also praised his side as he acknowledged the quality of Celtic’s goals.
He said: “We got beat by a fantastic goal. Sometime you look for fault but it was a fantastic goal and so was the first one.
“Defensively we were excellent, Zach Hemming made three fantastic saves.
“I have nothing but credit and praise for the players.
“To be disappointed shows we have come a long way but we are a good side and I have a lot of confidence in these players.
“We got beat by quality but in terms of where we want to go it was a big statement in terms of performance.”
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