Leipzig sit fourth in the German Bundesliga but were beaten 2-1 by the Scottish champions. He held it up so well and got us a few free-kicks and he just really did a big job for the team so I was really pleased for him when he scored.
The Hoops are third in Group B after just one win from their opening three matches and know victory is necessary to keep alive any realistic hope of progressing through to the knockout stages.
Odsonne Edouard's dramatic victor, which arrived within a minute of Jean-Kevin Augustin cancelling out Kieran Tierney's opener, moved the Scottish champions level on points with the Germans in Group B of the Europa League.
And, because Celtic did not match Leipzig's 2-0 win over them in Germany, Ralf Rangnick's side remain second due to their head-to-head record. We did that and I think we deserved it too.
Effusive in his praise for the way his side took the game to their opponents, Rodgers said the performance and result eclipsed any he'd overseen to date at Celtic Park. "And then the supporters were absolutely magnificent". Kieran Tierney's early goal delivered a lead they held for nearly 70 minutes.
"We brought our aggression and identity to the game".
"The emotion in the stadium really helps us as a team and the supporters are very proud of their players". We earned the right to play our game after that'.
"Tonight was a great step forward for these players because, at 1-1, when Leipzig didn't deserve to be level in the game, they responded straight away and had that belief to play forward and get that fantastic winning goal", Rodgers said.
"If we're to progress or have any opportunity to progress out of the group, it's a game we really have to win".
Rodgers had urged his players not to be timid against a side who took two goals off them in Germany two weeks previously.
"The players knew they had to work hard defensively, they were aggressive, they fought for every ball and then they showed their quality when they had it".