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  • Manager: Players' hunger is what separates them from rivals

    Manager: Players' hunger is what separates them from rivals

    By: Tony Connelly on 26 Dec, 2017 15:31

  • BRENDAN Rodgers highlighted his players’ hunger in Celtic’s 2-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park which saw the champions move 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.  

    The Hoops eased past Neil McCann’s side with a dominant performance which the manager said illustrated one of his side’s defining qualities; their consistent hunger to win.

    Speaking to the media after the game, Brendan Rodgers said: “The players have shown a consistent motivation to work well. They are very focused on what they want to achieve and that’s been the real pleasing factor for me. It’s not just about motivation for the team because you see that in all teams.

    “The difference with this group of players is the consistency with the motivation. It’s week after week with these players and day after day in how they prepare themselves and how they sacrifice themselves for success.”

    Celtic ran out comfortable winners against Dundee but the manager insisted that the quality of the Hoops’ performance was down to the motivation and work ethic.

    “It was a very good performance today, he said. “I thought we started the game well and showed good control. Dundee have shown they are tough team to play so it was always going to be a difficult game for us. I thought we controlled large parts of the game and scored two very good goals.

    “The first goal was a great demonstration of our patience where we were still looking to get into areas where we could hurt them. We did that in the end with some great passing and moving and a great goal from James.

    “The second goal was about our hunger. It’s not enough to want to win the game. You have to be hungry to win it and that means getting close to people and pressing the way we press because that’s the identity we’ve created. Even when we’re in a run of games that are hard physically, we have that motivation and the players showed that today.”

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