Everything that Brendan Rodgers said to the media after Celtic's 3-0 Scottish Premiership win away to Livingston

How did you view the game today?

It was a monumental win, in terms of getting back in after playing with nine men during the week. Livingston is a notoriously hard place to come anyway, never mind with ten men, so to play with that mentality was very good. We displayed the attitude and energy you need and that is what we had. Great move for the penalty, our movement was excellent. We go down to ten men and then we always have a plan for that in terms of how we work, how we keep the calmness. I thought the players were outstanding. We scored two really good goals in the second half. As I said to the guys, when you have Daizen Maeda, it is not like playing with ten men. He does the running of two men, he is absolutely incredible and I was so happy for him that he got his goal. He was so good on the day for us.

Do you think this will be looked upon as a pivotal win come the end of the season?

You can say that about any game. You have to do your job. You don’t get points here for style. You have to dig in and be resilient. I thought we played well on a difficult surface and stylistically I thought we played better on the surface with ten men. Every win is important. There is always a notion when you play against a team in a Champions League week, you get after them and set about them.

Is there more to come from Daizen Maeda?

When we were down to ten, he was playing up front and that is his best position. I have said that before. He is pressing and running in behind. He was there for Matty's goal and I think he was unfortunate because the ball came in and popped up and the keeper then had to make the save.

That's four clean sheets in your last four matches how good has the defending been?

Firstly I think it is a collective. You can never just rely on the defenders. It is always about the team. Certain players can elevate you to a different level but it is always about the team. I thought the two centre halves were excellent. Liam Scales has really taken his opportunity, strong, solid and cultured with the ball. I thought Greg Taylor played his best performance, he was excellent today. Ally Johnston, you know what you're going to get -strong, aggressive and good positioning. It is the guys in front as well, defensively you start from the front. We pressed the game well, then we went down to ten men we were tactically calm which is what you need to be.

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That's three red cards in two games but it is not due to ill-discipline it's more the decision making are you worried that it will become an issue?

On this occasion, you can’t put it down to inexperience! It was the first sending-off in Joe’s career. The ball pops up and on a grass pitch, it runs through. I’ve never had problems with indiscipline with teams. But we certainly don’t want to make a habit of playing with nine or ten men. Joe apologised to his teammates, I might get him to get sent off every week.

Reo Hatate played for another 60 minutes do you feel he is getting up to speed now?

He still has a bit to go, both in terms of fitness and his game. I think he can be a really top player if he looks after the ball better. In the final third of the pitch, he has his magic and he’s creative but you can’t lose that many balls when you have that quality. But there’s no doubt he’s getting there and his dynamism really helps us. It’s just about getting him up to the level.

Would signing a new contract benefit him?

I don’t know if the new contract would help him. He knows he’s loved here, he knows he’s wanted, but at Celtic, you have to produce and be consistent. But I really like him, he gives the team a really nice balance. There’s more to come from him.

You mentioned Matt O'Riley earlier in the season and his goals return but he has taken what you've said on board, hasn't he?

I thought he was brilliant. He’s a player who maybe goes under the radar a little bit but he’s one of the ones I’d like to develop to become a more efficient player. He’s a really bright footballer who wants to learn. It’s just about little details like when to arrive in the box and when to get into areas that are going to allow you to score goals. If you’re going to be a number eight at the highest level you have to contribute, you have to create and score goals. Don’t worry about the build-up, get in the box – that’s where the top midfield players will get goals, in that six-yard box.

Can you talk us through what happened regarding the incident at the end with the steward and the kid who rushed to the park to see you?

The guy was about 20 stone. He’s a child seeing his heroes, I just made sure he got away.