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‘NOW FOR WIN 101,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS became a Celtic Centurian during the runaway 5-0 hammering of Dundee at Dens Park last night.

The Hoops boss celebrated his 100th success in style as the champions devastated the struggling Tayside outfit who have now gone 31 games on their own ground without beating the Parkhead men.

There was no chance of a shock result and a change in the trend as Tom Rogic, Scott Sinclair (penalty-kick), James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard blitzed four behind the overworked Jack Hamilton in the first-half.

And rejuvenated Ryan Christie added a fifth shortly after the interval as the visitors threatened to rack up a record scoreline.

Rodgers, who took over from Ronny Deila in May 2016 and who has since won the domestic double treble, said: “I didn’t know it was my 100th win. Someone just told me there. We should have had more.

“How many games have I had – 144? How many losses – 21? That’s too many. I should have won more.

“I’m always proud to manage the club. My job is to give the fans as many wins as I can. We need 101 now.”

CHEERS…Daniel Arzani applauds the fans as he is stretchered off. Pics: Geo.

The beaming Irishman added: “We played very well. The team was very cohesive in our passing and creativity, played to really high level technically.

“We also showed the level of our fitness, that ability to pass and move. We pressed without the ball and, when you have it, some of the goals were real quality.”

Australia international Daniel Arzani, the 19-year-old winger on loan from Manchester City, replaced Rogic to make his debut in the second-half, but was carried off on a stretcher in the 79th minute after appearing to jar his knee, leaving the champions to finish the last 11 minutes with 10 men.

Rodgers added: “Arzani is a great boy and it’s unfortunate he picked up the injury with a run in the game.

“I think his knee just sort of gave way and he felt it a bit unstable. He was taking the applause on the way out, so I’m not sure how sore it was. I don’t think it was killing him.”

Celtic are now four points behind Premiership pacesetters Hearts who visit Parkhead on Saturday.

Rodgers, whose side also have a game in hand, added: “It’s a game to which we are really looking forward.”

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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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