Brendan Rodgers: Celtic the place for youth to develop
A young looking side defeated Kilmarnock 5-0 in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Brendan Rodgers believes Tuesday's emphatic League Cup victory over Kilmarnock shows Celtic is a club where youth can develop.
The manager made eight changes from the side that beat Hearts 4-1 at the weekend, bringing in five teenagers and handing 20-year-old Kieran Tierney the captain's armband in Scott Brown's absence.
Anthony Ralston, Kundai Benyu, Kristoffer Ajer, Calvin Miller and Eboue Kouassi were all named in the starting line-up for the 5-0 victory at Celtic Park.
Youngsters Ralston and Tierney hit the back of the net along with Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths, who struck twice.
Rodgers was delighted with the strength and depth of his squad as they booked their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
"I genuinely think I can pick a team out of the squad I have and it will function to a high level," he said.
"It was great to the see the concentration of the young players. When we had the ball our creativity and speed was excellent.
"It was a great demonstration of the strength of our squad. We had six players at the start of the game [who were] 20 and younger.
"It shows it is a club for young players to develop, to come through and obviously I'm delighted for Tony Ralston scoring his first goal for Celtic."
'When you are talking about the future once Scott's time is up, which it won't be for a few years, he is made for it.'Brendan Rodgers on Kieran Tierney's Celtic captaincy prospects
Rodgers singled out Tierney for special praise after his rifling long-range drive from almost 40 yards out in the second half, saying he deserved to wear the armband.
"Kieran's goal was an incredible strike," he said. "It was a very pleasing performance. We are into the our flow much quicker this season."
"We have got some real senior guys at the club I could give the armband to, like Mikael Lustig and Craig Gordon, but when you are talking about the future once Scott's time is up, which it won't be for a few years, he is made for it.
"He is of that ilk. He doesn't waste his time doing stupid things, he is concentrated on his football, he is not drinking, he trains like an animal every day and wherever you ask him to play he plays it to a high level.
"Tactically he is improving all the time and he is an absolute joy to work with. He would fit the mould as a captain. He is on that journey to lead the club."