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‘A HUGE HONOUR,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS is 90 minutes away from equalling the 26-match unbeaten record of Jock Stein’s Lisbon Lions half-a-century ago.
If Celtic win or draw against St Johnstone at Parkhead this evening, they will have achieved something no other manager or team has managed since 1967.
A victory will take the Hoops to a massive 22-point advantage at the top of the table and most assuredly on their way to their sixth successive Premiership crown.
The Betfred League Cup is already in the Parkhead trophy cabinet – won without a goal being conceded – and the Hoops face Inverness Caley Thistle in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup in the east end of Glasgow next month.
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Obviously, comparisons are being made with the current wearers of the famous green-and-white hoops and Stein’s Invincibles who won everything in season 1966/67, including, of course, the European Cup.
Rodgers said: “It would be a huge honour to be able to be even spoken about in the same breath as the legends who created that record.
“We are aware of the great history of this club.
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“But we also have to concentrate on our jobs, training and preparing well for the matches. Winning games consistently can lead to these things, but you can’t think too much about it.”

However, the Saints will not arrive at Parkhead tonight to be bit-part players in a Celtic celebration. Twice in recent years, Tommy Wright’s men have won in Glasgow.
Rodgers added: “I’’ve been focusing on the game. Firstly, we want to get a victory to keep our momentum going in the league. We want to win every game and play well.

“St Johnstone will be a test. If a consequence of winning the game is equally a record that’s stood for such a long time, then great.”

If Celtic maintain their form, there is every chance they can beat the record 29-point margin they enjoyed over second-placed Motherwell three years ago.
But there is little doubt Rodgers and Co will keep their eye on the ball tonight against a team who have got counter-attacking down to a fine art.
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