Man­ager Rodgers salutes Celtic’s col­lec­tive spirit

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Celtic man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers paid trib­ute to the col­lec­tive spirit at the club as his side look to reach the half­way stage of the Scot­tish Premier­ship un­beaten.

The Scot­tish cham­pi­ons host Ross County tonight hav­ing only dropped two points in their first 18 league fix­tures so far this sea­son. The Hoops man­ager has ro­tated his squad in re­cent weeks in or­der to deal with a busy fes­tive fix­ture list mean­ing many key play­ers have had to sit out at times.

But the for­mer Liver­pool boss, whose side sit 14 points above ri­vals Rangers at the top of the ta­ble and have al­ready claimed the League Cup, says it is easy to keep his play­ing squad happy as they know that the team comes first. “It’s just man­age­ment of the play­ers. We have a plan for them all and they all un­der­stand that in here there are two im­por­tant things,” Rodgers said.

“First of all they de­fend the cul­ture of the club, which is about re­spect, and they de­fend the val­ues of the team. There is no in­di­vid­ual any of them - who is better than the col­lec­tive. “They all buy into that. When they score they all want to be with each other. They all have an im­por­tant role. They un­der­stand that if we are go­ing to play 60-odd games, win tro­phies and be at the high­est level you can then they can’t all con­trib­ute all the time.

“Moussa Dem­bele is 20. He needs time. Let him be and don’t put pres­sure on them. Pa­trick Roberts is 19, there are other guys as well, and they just need time. So they will play a lot of games, hope­fully they will win things, and they re­spect the team’s ethos.”

Strik­ers Leigh Grif­fiths and Dem­bele are amongst those who have had to be pa­tient at times as Rodgers prefers to play with a lone striker. Fol­low­ing a fly­ing start to the sea­son, Dem­bele has dropped to the bench in re­cent weeks but re­placed Grif­fiths to net his first goal from open play since the end of Oc­to­ber in the 3-0 win over Hamilton on Satur­day.

“Strik­ers want to score and his was a re­ally good fin­ish. He hasn’t had so many chances of late, I have to say,” the Celtic boss said. “That’s why when I came in I said it was im­por­tant to have mul­ti­ple goalscor­ers. — AFP

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