ST JOHNSTONE boss Tommy Wright reckons his players should take Brendan Rodgers’ observations about only turning up for big games as a massive compliment.

After the goalless draw at Parkhead, the Celtic gaffer questioned why the Perth side – besides a Scottish Cup victory over Albion Rovers – had failed to win a match in the two months between beating Rangers at Ibrox and Sunday’s stalemate in the east end of Glasgow.

Wright said: “I saw Brendan’s comments and the way I see it, my players should take them as a compliment.

“Brendan rated our performance highly when we had a chat after the game and he certainly wasn’t questioning the commitment or integrity of my players as some people might be suggesting.

“We know ourselves results have been disappointing since the win over Rangers. That performance and the one against Celtic set standards we have to emulate in the games ahead.

“We have been asking ourselves why we haven’t been coming up with performances like we have produced at tough venues like Easter Road, Celtic Park and Ibrox.

“We talked about the win over Rangers going into Sunday’s match. We knew we had to reach those levels again to take something from Celtic.

We knew it was possible because we got a point there earlier in the season.

“The arrival of George Williams and Matty Willock has added freshness to the squad and we got influential performances from our more experienced players on Sunday.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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