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‘DEMBELE WILL GET BETTER,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS believes Moussa Dembele can still improve after his two-goal blast in the 6-1 win over Kilmarnock.

The 20-year-old French striker brought his total to 10, with only seven starts in his 15 appearances.

The Celtic boss said: “He is a young player who is working hard on the defensive side of the game, how he presses with aggression.

“He still has a lot of improvement in him, but he has a great appetite to learn.

“He will always score goals, he is a natural goalscorer. The first goal was a great finish with his right foot and the second goal with his left. 

“If he was still on the pitch he might have taken the penalty and got a hat-trick. But he has great movement that opens up the space for him.”

Rodgers admitted his side will take “confidence and that winning mentality” into Wednesday’s Champions League game against Manchester City, who have won all 10 of their games this season.

He said: “We don’t want to get carried away. We still have a lot of work to do with this team. The ball can move quicker and the standard can go up a lot more. 

“Last season Kilmarnock got a 0-0 draw here, so it shows our ability and hunger and intensity less than a year on to score six goals.

“We played very well and as a team, they are improving, but there is still a way to go.” 

Rodgers revealed he took goalkeeper Dorus de Vries off at half-time because of a strain in his chest.

He said: “Maybe he could have played on, but it was difficult for him. I have got a very capable keeper in Craig Gordon so there was no need to take a risk.”

But the Hoops gaffer refused to blame De Vries for Souleymane Coulibaly’s long-range opening strike for Killie.

He added: “The goalkeeper’s position was where you’d expect him to be with the ball that far out.

“It was a great strike, one of the best goals I have seen. We didn’t press it well enough in that area, but in fairness it was as good a strike as you will see.”

 
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