Tuesday 22 January 2019

Inverness draw still rankles with Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers insists there has been nothing easy about Celtic's near-perfect record in the Scottish Premiership this season.

The league leaders welcome Inverness to Parkhead this afternoon and it still "rankles" with the Hoops boss that two points were dropped against the Highlanders in September when the hosts levelled late in the game through Alex Fisher.

The 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Tuesday night leaves the Hoops with only slim chances of qualifying for the last 16, but Celtic are expected to continue their dominance on the domestic front, with a Betfred Cup final against Aberdeen to come later in the month.

However, Rodgers stressed that his side are having to work for their success on the home front. He said: "There is no easy game. There are many reasons why, firstly, the opponent will always fight.

"A game against Celtic, whatever the levels the players are at, the opponent will always go up because they are playing against one of the big teams, which is natural. All the players up here will always fight for the result.

"Supporters will demand that so there have been no easy games as such. There are some very good coaches up here who work and study and analyse their teams to set up against you.

"Some of the scorelines have been down to some of the great play of our players and how hard they have worked.

"Look at our last four games. The League Cup semi-final (against Rangers), tough game. Away to Ross County, travel, tough game; away to Aberdeen, tough game then away to Monchengladbach.

"You can put in lots of excuses but it really shows you the focus and concentration of the team, how hard they are working and how well they are playing."

The Northern Irishman, however, would have liked an exemplary league record going into Saturday's game.

He said: "It is still a game that rankles with me a little bit. We should have 10 (league wins) out of 10.

"We conceded late on, on the back end of the Barcelona trip. We put in a good performance that day, we just didn't take our chances and of course if you don't take the opportunities something like that can happen."

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