CRAIG GORDON has hailed the man-management skills of Brendan Rodgers as he prepares for this afternoon’s game against Aberdeen at Parkhead.

The Celtic keeper revealed the last thing the boss said to the team before Tuesday’s crucial second leg play-off clash against Hapeol Be’er Sheva in Israel.

Gordon admitted Rodgers wanted the Hoops players to believe in themselves and also believe they could be Champions League performers.

The Scotland international shotstopper said: “The manager said that in his team-talk before the game.

“That was our last words before we went out, to go and make ourselves Champions League players – and it worked.

“That’s what we’ve managed to do. It has been a long road and a challenge to get to this point since the manager came in, but we put ourselves in a great position and we’ve managed to fight our way through.

“Now we need to focus on the match against Aberdeen and make sure we carry that belief and positivity forward.”

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