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  • Manager: Celts will look forward and return to winning ways

    Manager: Celts will look forward and return to winning ways

    By: Tony Connelly on 17 Dec, 2017 15:40

  • BRENDAN Rodgers said his players will go down in history for their incredible 69-game unbeaten run, which came to a conclusion today following a 4-0 defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle.

    The Celtic manager gave credit to Hearts and admitted that his side didn't perform well enough to take the three points from what was their fifth game in the month of December.

    Speaking to the media after the match, he said: "We failed to cope with their style, particularly in the second half. We didn’t defend we’ll enough and made too many mistakes. Congratulations to them, they won the game and deserved to win the game.

    “When you come to places like this you have to be at your physical best and we weren’t today. Like I say, you have to give them credit. The mantra is the same, win your next game. Win, lose or draw the mantra is always win your next game.

    "It’s a tough one, it (a domestic defeat) was always going to come and when it does you need to be ready for it mentally.

    "Now we focus on these last games through to the end of the year. They’re going to be important for us and, like I say, we’ll recover and go again in the second part and that’s what we’ll look to do after this defeat.”

    The Scottish treble-winners will now look forward as they attempt to return to winning ways against Partick Thistle on Wednesday night. But, reflecting on unbeaten run, which started back in May 2015, Brendan Rodgers praised his team for their staggering levels of consistency. 

    “It’s historical," he said. "I think people will look at it in different ways and that’s down to their perspective. The reality of it is, it was a history-breaking run.

    “To go 69 games undefeated, no matter what level or competition, is a remarkable achievement and the players will go down in history because I’m not sure it will be done again. Certainly in our lifetimes it won’t be done and they can take huge pride in that.

    “It’s in the past now and one of the key things with success is looking forward. They’ll go into the history books and we’ll reflect on the game tomorrow and look to find the solutions to be better in our next game."

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