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  • Brendan Rodgers: Breaking record is a really special feeling

    Brendan Rodgers: Breaking record is a really special feeling

    By: Mark Henderson on 04 Nov, 2017 16:17

  • BRENDAN Rodgers heaped praise on his record-breaking players after they made it 63 domestic games unbeaten with today’s 4-0 comprehensive victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

    Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham netted for Scottish treble-winners in a dominant display, while an own goal from Steven Anderson compounded the hosts’ misery.

    It was a fitting way for the Hoops to create history as they eclipsed their own 100-year-old British unbeaten record, achieved by Willie Maley’s legendary Celtic side in 1917.

    Speaking after the game, the Irishman said: “As manager I just said thank you to the players, because for everyone at the club - Celtic supporters and staff and everyone involved - it’s a really special day.

    “A century-old British record which was held by Celtic has been broken by us today, which is no mean feat in modern sport and in particular football.

    “The players have had to face everything really - going behind in games, playing in big semi-finals and finals, being tired in games, different surfaces. Everything has been thrown at them but that level of mentality and standard they have set in training, they have really taken that onto the field. It’s a proud day for everyone involved at Celtic.

    This stunning sequence of results also means Brendan Rodgers has yet to taste defeat since taking the reins at the club he has always supported 18 months ago.

    "I never really thought about as we went along,” he said. “My motto has always been about to win the next game. Football is a very difficult thing to forecast.

    “You can look over a month and try and predict where you might get results but my experience now tells me – today is my 400th game as manager – to just focus on the next game and that’s what we do, and the players are very much in that mindset as well.

    “You look back to that team that Willie Maley had when he was manager here. People of my age will be aware of guys like Patsy Gallacher and that type of player because of how great that team was and what they achieved. For us to go one game beyond that is a really special feeling and we would never have imagined that.”

    The manager had kept faith with the same team that pushed Bayern Munich all the way Tuesday night’s epic UEFA Champions League encounter in Paradise and he was rewarded with another tremendous performance.

     “I felt the confidence was high in the team,” he said. “We had that extra day as we were playing on the Tuesday so we could recover Wednesday and have an active recovery on Thursday and pull together our tactical plan over the couple of days.

    “I just felt we could start with that team but it was never going to be the team that would finish the game. It was a really good performance today on top of everything else that goes with that. We had to be patient in the game and then our fitness and quality came through.”

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