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‘CELTIC WILL PLAY RIGHT TO THE FINAL WHISTLE,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS has admitted he will push his Celtic players all the way until the last kick of the Scottish Cup Final against Aberdeen on May 27.
With five games to go, the Irishman, whose champions haven’t lost a domestic game in 42 outings this season, insisted they will not take foot off the gas.
After the 5-1 romp against Rangers at Ibrox, he said: “The season doesn’t finish until the very last whistle.
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“I’m trying to create a squad, a team and a club that goes beyond domestic football and that’s about a mentality.

“It’s about an environment that they can all progress in.

“You can see that progression and the exciting part is that it is only going to get better. It’s the team’s first year, they are evolving and improving.

“There was no way they were going to be on holiday after last week. You’re representing your club and millions of supporters worldwide.

“It was a brilliant atmosphere and, hopefully, our fans enjoyed what they saw.”

Hoops skipper Scott Brown once again ran the show in the middle of the park and Rodgers said: “Broony was outstanding.

“I have said before he’s a top player, a real leader of the team, tactically very strong – he’s a real catalyst for us.

“But right throughout, this team is what we said we wanted.

“It’s one team with one brain. Everyone is pressing at the right moments, attacking at the right moments and he’s a critical hub within that.

“The two centre-halves, Dedrdyck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic, were also outstanding.

“You defend like men, attack the ball, be aggressive and our front players pressed well, inviting Rangers into areas where we could get it back. So, it was really pleasing.”

Brown’s bookings tally means he now misses the next two league games and Rodgers said: “He can go away and rest and recover.

“I’m not sure he wants to go away, but I’ve told him to take the wife and get a break from it.”

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