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  • Manager praises team's mentality after win over Dundee

    Manager praises team's mentality after win over Dundee

    By: Tony Connelly on 14 Oct, 2017 18:31

  • BRENDAN Rodgers praised his team’s strong mentality which saw Celtic take all three points in against Dundee in the Premiership. Olivier Ntcham’s second-half goal gave the Hoops a 1-0 win at Paradise today (Saturday) and extended Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run to 59 games.

    Speaking after the game, the Celtic manager admitted that the fluency within the team was perhaps not what it usually is, given the number of changes to the starting XI, but he spoke highly of his players’ ability to get the job done against a stubborn Dundee side.

    “There are a lot of games that require a lot of concentration and lots of changes for us today,” said Brendan Rodgers. “I thought, bearing all of that in mind, to get the result, keep the clean sheet and get the three points was an absolutely brilliant result for us.

    “Today it was about getting the result. It was never going to be as cohesive as usual with so many people missing and very little time to work. What we have is incredible mentality. I said to the players before the game that we’re going into a run of fixtures now and champions do that little bit extra."

    Cristian Gamboa and Dorus De Vries both made their first competitive appearances of the season, and the two players performed well in the game, earning praise from their manager.

    “I thought Cristian was excellent today and you see in a game like today why I have Dorus in the team," the manager said. "It's testament to his professionalism and how hard he’s worked.

    “It’s been around a year since he last played competitively. This was a nice game for him to come into. He didn’t have a great deal to do, but towards the end when the ball was coming into the box he showed his agility and concentration to make the saves.”

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