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‘THIS WAS BETTER THAN 5-1 WIN IN SEPTEMBER,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS admitted Celtic’s 5-1 victory over Rangers today was better than when they beat the Ibrox men by the same scoreline in their first meeting in September.

Back then, the Hoops were at Parkhead with Moussa Dembele scoring a hat-trick and Stuart Armstrong and Scott Sinclair adding two more.

But on this occasion the champions equalled their biggest-ever win on the ground of their rivals, with five different players netting against against Pedro Caixinha’s side.

Rodgers said: “If we compare that 5-1 today to the 5-1 earlier in the season, there was a big difference to me in terms of tactical understanding and players understanding what we are trying to do. 

“We’re performing at a good level, you see how strong the players are in terms of their fitness. 

“They’re improving as they go on. For us, we must stay focused and keep improving. 

“Collectively, they all understand their role in terms of going forward and who needs to score goals and who needs to be effective. 

“You saw it today, lots of different players scoring from different positions. They’re all doing a different shift for the team.”

Scott Sinclair (pen), Leigh Griffiths, Callum McGregor, Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig were the men on target for the visitors with Kenny Miller claiming a late consolation for the well-beaten hosts.

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