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Saturday 24 June 2017

Rodgers: We must have right mentality

Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers.
Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers.

Brendan Rodgers believes a Celtic title win against Hearts tomorrow would bookend a "remarkable" first Ladbrokes Premiership season, which began with a 2-1 win at Tynecastle.

New signing Scott Sinclair stepped off the bench to score a late debut winner against the Jambos in Gorgie on August 7, in Rodgers' first league game as Hoops boss.

Rodgers is preparing to return to Edinburgh, where it all began for him, to take the final step to the title.

The Northern Irishman said: "Obviously the first game of the season was at Hearts and, if I look back at the season we have had, it has been remarkable.

"It is a great mark of how the team has progressed.

"I look back to that game and we won it. It was tough, we played well in patches but it was only really the beginnings of the team working together.

"To go back there this early with the chance to win it, it really shows the level and how much the players have developed. But we don't underestimate Hearts. We know it will be a tough game as they always are there.

"But we don't underestimate Hearts. We know it will be a tough game as they always are there.

"We will go there with a real mentality to get the result."

On the cusp of winning the title and with the domestic treble still up for grabs, Rodgers praised the efforts of his players this season.

"I have to give them massive credit. We still have the season to finish and we want to finish strong, but I have to look at how concentrated they have been every day. They have never had a lazy day here."

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