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CELTIC AIM FOR EIGHTSOME REEL

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BRENDAN RODGERS is determined Celtic will make it eight in a row when the champions play Aberdeen at Parkhead tomorrow.

The Hoops have beaten the Dons in their previous seven meetings – including two Cup Finals last season – and a victory over Derek McInnes’ side would move them eight points clear at the top of the Premiership as they zero in on their seventh successive title.

Rodgers insisted: “Every game that we’ve played against Aberdeen, even though we’ve won, has been a tough one.

“At this period of the season, when you’re coming off the back of a really busy schedule, then, of course, it is a difficult game.

“But we’re at home, we’re playing in front of a full house. How a team can be motivated by that level of commitment is a huge plus for us, especially in these moments when we’re playing a lot of games.”

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The last time the teams met, the Hoops won 3-0 at Pittodrie.

Rodgers added: “We played very well in the game up there. We were in complete control, but you have to earn the right to do that.

“We defended very well, our ball possession and movement was very good and we scored very good goals.

“It’s important for us in how we perform and how we play. Normally, the natural consequence of that is we can pick up a positive result and that’s what we’re looking for on Saturday.”

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