Dundee’s Faissal El Bakhtaoui given big boost by Celtic boss

Faissal El Bakhtaoui celebrates his goal.

Dundee’s substitute Faissal El Bakhtaoui knew he had scored a stunning goal yesterday – but just in case he was in any doubt about the quality of his counter, he had it confirmed by Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.

The duo’s paths crossed in the media room at Dens with the Parkhead manager stopping to shake the player’s hand and congratulate him on his stunning strike.

Now, El Bakhtaoui, who made the step up from League 1 this season, believes he is ready to stake a claim for a place in Paul Hartley’s side.

He said: “I am delighted to score a goal against Celtic, the best team in Scotland. It was one of my best.

“I was on the bench and the manager told me to get ready. I wanted to show the manager I can do something for the team when I come on as a substitute.

“I think I have done that.

“The manager told me to make an impact when I came on and work hard for the team.

“I have also been doing that in training trying to show the manager when I come off the bench that I can do well for the team.

“The Celtic manager shook my hand which is a good thing for me as well.

“He told me it was a good goal so I am happy with that and it gave me a wee boost.

“I think I am ready to play. I am working hard and go to the gym every morning after the manager told me to do that.”