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‘WHY WE CAN’T AFFORD TO LET UP,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS has told his Celtic players that anyone showing complacency won’t have a future under him at Parkhead.

The champions travel to Motherwell today having dropped just two points in the Premiership and with the Betfred League Cup back in their possession.

The reigning champions would open up a 17-point lead were they to win their three games in hand — a scenario that could see them retain their sixth successive crown by a record margin early next year.
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But, despite the widening gap that appears to exist between his side and the rest of Scottish football, the Irishman insists his players will continue to strive to improve.

He said: “We’ve made a good start, but we have been looking this week at how we can be better. We set out goals at the start of the season and those goals are not met after 11 games.

“We’ve got a series of targets we need to meet and to do that there are certain facets we need to improve. This is about raising the standard of everything — on and off the field — and to do that you keep chipping away every day.

“If you want to be complacent, then you won’t be here. You can’t release yourself from the pressure if you want to be the best.

“There’ s always pressure, but it’s a nice pressure, to improve your status and improve as a player.

“There’s great motivation there for them all and it’s every single day, from the moment they wake up. That gives you confidence that you are going to improve.”
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