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 ‘DON’T CALL MY PLAYERS BIG HEADS,’ CELTIC BOSS

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BRENDAN RODGERS has insisted his Celtic players are not big-headed, despite their excellent start to the domestic campaign.

The Hoops boss dismissed suggestions his team are arrogant following their surge to the top of the Premiership – where they are odds-on to claim their sixth successive title – while they overcame Aberdeen 3-0 on Sunday to lift the Betfred League Cup.

Some of the squad have talked of the prospect of becoming the ‘Invincibles’ or ‘Unbeatables’, but Rodgers is keen to play down such extravagant talk.

As he prepared for tomorrow afternoon’s meeting with Motherwell at Fir Park, he said: “You should always retain humility in how you work.

“They’re obviously on the back end of doing well and confident, but I’ll always keep a lid on that for them.

“There’s always something just around the corner that you’ve got to be ready for.

“But it’s nice. I want my team to play with a footballing arrogance.

“Off the field, it’s all about humility, but I have that. I don’t think there’s arrogance in what’s been said.

“Sometimes they’re quoted and it’s blown into a headline that’s different to how it was presented.”

Rodgers had demanded there is no let-up following the Cup win over Aberdeen at Hampden. He added: “What Sunday did was to show the improvements.

“I always talk a lot about learning and that takes time at clubs.”

The Hoops will be without Scott Sinclair at Fir Park with the attacker still recovering from the hamstring injury sustained in the Champions League encounter against Barcelona last week.

 
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