BW Linz 0 - 1 Celtic: Brendan Rodgers' son plays as trialist

Brendan Rodgers fielded his son as a trialist as Celtic began their pre-season fixtures with a 1-0 friendly win over '¨BW Linz.

Anton Rodgers, son of manager Brendan, played for Celtic in their win over Linz in Austria. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Anton Rodgers has joined Celtic on their training camp in Austria to maintain his fitness after leaving Swindon Town and the 24-year-old played for 45 minutes as the Scottish champions beat the Austrian second-tier side.

Callum McGregor and Leigh Griffiths both hit the woodwork in quick succession in the first half before Rodgers made ten half-time substitutions. Dedryck Boyata came on for Jamie McCart on the hour mark to complete the full set.

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Celtic left it late to record victory as James Forrest volleyed home after Kieran Tierney sent him through on a counter-attack.

The Celtic boss revealed injuries to midfielders saw him give his son a run-out.

“Anton has come with us just to get fit really, his season won’t start down in England for another week or so,” Rodgers senior told Celtic TV. “So I asked him to come in.

“Then we had a few injuries to midfield players, Eboue Kouassi and Kris Ajer. I know he can play, he is technically very gifted, Anton.

“He has a good view of the game and he can come in and slot in and play with the players, and I thought he did very well.”

Celtic’s next match is against Rapid Vienna on Saturday.

l Sunderland announced yesterday that they would be hosting Celtic in a pre-season friendly on 29 July to mark the 20th anniversary of the Stadium of Light.