Brendan Rodgers backs Kolo Toure after Celtic's Champions League defeat
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 20/10/16 4:43pm
Brendan Rodgers has backed Kolo Toure to bounce back after his mistakes proved costly in Celtic's 2-0 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 35-year-old former Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool player was caught by striker Andre Hahn trying to shepherd the ball out of play in the 57th minute which led to captain Lars Stindl driving in the opener for the visitors.
And when he lost possession in the 77th minute, Hahn was able to race away and slam in number two to leave the Hoops at the bottom of their Champions League group with one point from three games.
Rodgers believes Toure will be ready to go again in the Scottish League Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park on Sunday.
"There will be no-one more disappointed than him," Rodgers said. "He is experienced enough to know to deal with the first one and the second one was unfortunate, the guy has walked away and finished it brilliantly with a toe-poke finish.
"It is why he has been in game so long. He hurts, he is an honest player and tonight will hurt him. He is also a warrior as well and he is a guy who is very mentally tough and he will recover.
"But tonight he will hurt, as will the team, as we all will but we will go again and get ready for the weekend."
Despite the frustration of conceding the two goals, Rodgers admitted his side were beaten by a better team, whom they will face in the return fixture in Germany in two weeks' time.
"I thought the best team won, I don't think there is any argument about that," Rodgers added. "My players gave absolutely everything tonight but they were up against a top side.
"Our only disappointment is the two goals. They didn't create so much even though they looked dangerous on the counter attack which a lot of the German sides will. We gifted them two goals really.
"We set out to press them but you see that level of players, the technique, if you are not quite there on your press, you see how they can play through it and play round it.
"We had some good spells as well but we were beaten by a side who are very good, technically strong, fast, good power in their team and who have quality.
"So we have no complaints. Sometimes teams are better than us and that is no disrespect to our players, they gave everything."