Celtic: Brendan Rodgers amazed by Celtic’s efforts

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has witnessed his side win all but one of their domestic matches so far this season. Picture: SNS
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has witnessed his side win all but one of their domestic matches so far this season. Picture: SNS
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Brendan Rodgers hailed his Celtic side’s “super-human efforts” as the Hoops prepared to revisit the only ground they have dropped points this season.

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The Parkhead men have won 25 and drawn one of 26 Ladbrokes Premiership games so far with the only speed bump in their journey to the title coming in a 2-2 draw at Inverness in September.

Overall, Celtic are unbeaten in 32 domestic matches since the start of the campaign and are 24 points ahead of second-placed Aberdeen as they survey a return to the Highlands on Wednesday night.

Rodgers, who revealed winger James Forrest is awaiting results on a scan on a knee injury picked up in the 2-0 win over Hamilton at the weekend, praised his squad’s consistency.

He said: “We have won every game from that point. If the players weren’t human I would say we would never lose a game.

“They are human but what they have shown this season already is super-human efforts to continue with the focus and concentration.

“For us, of course we should have won the game and their keeper at the time had an incredible game.

“We have played Inverness twice since and got two victories. Since we last played them and won 6-0, Richie (Foran) and his team have shown up well, they have gone away reflected on that game and been very difficult to beat.

“They have had two very good results, away at Hearts where they drew and obviously on Friday night where they had a really good victory (over Rangers).

“We recognise it will be a tough game for us but the onus is on us, as it always is, to try to break down them and look to attack and get the positive result we want.”

While the countdown is on to the club’s sixth successive title win, Rodgers, who took charge of the club last summer following the departure of Ronny Deila, urged his side to remain relentless.

The Northern Irishman said: “We can never get comfortable. We always have to be pushing.

“The sign of a really good team and a great team is that you are never satisfied. You have to keep pushing and that is the idea.

“When I came in, even though we had won the title five times, I said our job isn’t to defend it.

“Our job is to win it and that means playing with an aggression and fight in every game you are playing and that is what they have done and they have been absolutely first class at that.

“But we have to keep it going. We have 12 games left in the league and hopefully a few more Scottish Cup games to go and the players are still fresh and have the focus and we see that in every game we play.”

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