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‘BEST IS YET TO COME,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS insists Celtic supporters will see an improvement on the team that decimated Motherwell 5-0 in the League Cup landslide at Parkhead last night.

Double strikes from Tom Rogic and Moussa Dembele and a spectacular effort from Scott Sinclair lit up the grey, damp east end of Glasgow as the Hoops secured a home quarter-final meeting against Alloa next month.

The Hoops boss said: “We still can be better at times, I said that to the players afterwards.

“What’s very pleasing is that during the week they are playing big games while they showed great resilience on Sunday at Tynecastle and, against Motherwell, they gave a wonderful football demonstration. There was aggression in our game.

“But we still have a way to go, we won’t get carried away.

“If I can get one or two in before the window shuts I would be extremely happy and that would set us up for the rest of the season.’

“I have been encouraged by what I have seen. I really enjoyed tonight’s performance.

“The speed of the team from when I first came in and, as a coach, you like to see the consequence of your training in the onfield performance. In that case I am very happy. However, we still have a way to go.”

James Forrest was impressive only hours after agreeing a three-year extension on a contract that was due to expire before the turn of the year.

Rodgers added: “I think it’s about consistency for James. I can only judge from what I have seen in the little snippets down south.

“I enjoy speaking with him about the game, about football. Sometimes players lose their way for whatever reason.

“He has always been one where, if he can play to the level I know he can play, then I certainly want him here. He has speed, pace, power.

“That’s important to how I want the team to play and, when you see him in the mood with that pace and aggression, then he is a real aid to the team.”


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