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‘FULL STEAM AHEAD,’ VOWS RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS has promised Celtic will be at full throttle as the bring down the curtain on their seventh successive Premiership title against Aberdeen at Parkhead tomorrow.

The champions were held to a drab goalless draw against Kilmarnock in midweek – remarkably their seventh draw at home during this campaign – but the Hoops boss wants to end the league season in style before he prepares for the Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell a week today.

Rodgers said: “We would like to go into the Cup Final with a win. The most important thing was that we won the league.

“But we want to finish well. If we go through the weekend and don’t lose, that will be two years without losing a domestic game at home which is remarkable really in terms of how the players are, the number of games we play and the good opponents we play.

“So, there’s that to think about. But, in the bigger picture, we want to perform well and normally when we do that we win the game.

“But we know Aberdeen will come with a cause and a motivation. So, we’ll expect another tough game. It will be a different atmosphere from Wednesday. It’s our job to get the supporters off their seats.

“That’s the idea and, unfortunately, we just couldn’t do that in midweek.

“We had no choice against Kilmarnock but to change things. By and large, the players we had were the ones who were fit and available.”

Rodgers added: “All the players know I trust them. All I ever say to them is to make sure they are physically right and we’ll have a plan for each game. So, if they are asked to play, then they are ready.

“Everyone wants to play in the big games. Everybody wants to play in Finals.

“Not everyone can. But the squad is so important for us.It carried us through so many games.

“By the end of this season, there will have been 61 competitive games or something like that on top of internationals.

“I know they are always ready. They are great professionals. They’ll be ready for the next couple of games.”

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