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  • Chris Davies on going for 55 in this week’s Celtic View

    Chris Davies on going for 55 in this week’s Celtic View

    By: Mark Henderson on 13 Sep, 2017 11:47

  • SINCE Brendan Rodgers and his backroom team arrived in Glasgow last summer to launch their Celtic revolution, they have yet to experience defeat in Scottish football. It’s a truly astonishing feat. When the Hoops welcome Ross County on Saturday, they will be aiming to extend their unbeaten domestic run to 55 matches.

    Despite all the records which were smashed last season as the Bhoys became Treble Invincibles, the culture of winning and pursuit of excellent will never be allowed to abate with Brendan Rodgers at the helm, according to assistant manager Chris Davies.

    “It’s nice to hear the run being mentioned to be honest,” he said in this week’s Celtic View. “It was quite a long time ago but we were proud to have equalled and broken the Lisbon Lions’ domestic unbeaten record from the start of a season. From then on, we have just carried on and it hasn’t been spoken about a lot. To hear we are going for 55 domestic games unbeaten just shows you the level the players have been at.

    “The key to the Invincibles’ season was the manager’s relentlessness and his demands on the players. Their ability to stay at a really high level and their qualities allowed them to never lose a game. Here we are again, we are still going and nothing has changed and, if anything, we are stronger than last year. It’s football, and we will lose a game at some point, but hopefully it’s not this weekend.

    “The manager is our leader who we all follow. He is someone who has an expectation and a demand on his team and his staff and everybody to keep driving forward. He sets that and leads by example, and everyone else is on board and working right behind him.

    "That’s how a culture is created, but of course the players have to go out on to the pitch and try and maintain those standards in all sorts of different conditions, home and away, which isn’t easy. It’s a massive credit to them that we have managed to keep that going. It’s the culture we have managed to create, set by the manager, and long may it continue.”

    Whether it’s high-pressure matches, poor pitches, below-par performances or heavy fixture schedules, Celtic have successfully negotiated every obstacle in their path.  

    “You think domestically we have had cup finals and semi-finals in there, pressure games away at our biggest rivals, games on synthetic pitches, and games when players are tired,” said Davies. “In the winter months when pitches aren’t so good or you don’t get the luck you want in the game, you have to be resilient and keep going and make sure, whatever happens, you are playing with the biggest mentality you possibly can and then hopefully you can get the results.

    “That’s all we can really control and focus on - being super-prepared for all the games, be focused and taking the right mentality into every game and, so far, we are unbeaten. There have been numerous challenges and you have to keep finding the answers.”

    To read the full interview with Chris Davies, see this week’s Celtic View, out now.

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