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RODGERS PRAISES HISTORY BHOYS AND INSISTS GORDON IS STAYING

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BRENDAN RODGERS saluted the character of his Celtic players as they achieved a landmark 26-game unbeaten domestic run with their 1-0 win over St Johnstone last night.
Comeback Bhoy Dedryck Boyata netted the only goal of the game to establish a 22-point lead at the top of the Premiership as the Parkhead men zero in on their sixth successive crown.

The undefeated sequence equalled that of the 50-year record established by Jock Stein’s Lisbon Lions and the Hoops boss was swift to give the credit to his squad.

Rodgers said: “It’s a huge honour. I didn’t mention it so much before the game.

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“It gets talked about, but you have to do the job. You’ve got to work well and get the results. It’s a huge testament to the players and how well they’ve worked on a day to day basis, how committed they’ve been to what we’ve been trying to do and their professionalism.

“You think it’s been 50 years and you think of all the great players and managers who have been at this club. It shows you how difficult it is to achieve that.

“For this group of players, who are at the very beginning of their journey, big congratulations to them.”

Meanwhile, Rodgers insisted he will not entertain any interest in keeper Craig Gordon.

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Chelsea have been linked with a move for the Scotland international. The 34-year-old shotstopper’s contract expires in the summer and the Hoops have the option of another year.

Bournemouth are weighing up a £10million offer for Stamford Brdige number two Asmir Begovic, with reports suggesting that Antonio Conte fancies Gordon as his replacement.

Rodgers added: “I’m not surprised. It’s another demonstration of where the team is at and the qualities they’ve shown that Craig is speculated about. It’s testament to him and the team.

“There’s lots of speculation about many of our players. It’s credit to them that they’re performing so well that these great clubs are interested in them.

“Craig’s very much a part of what I’m doing here. He has really consolidated his game and he sees how we want to play.

“Would Chelsea be wasting their time? Yes, of course.

“If it is the case they are interested, we don’t want to sell him.”

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