BRENDAN RODGERS admitted he was delighted with his team’s appetite for the encounter their 2-0 triumph over Motherwell at Parkhead yesterday,

The Hoops boss revealed: “I said to the players before the game, for us to succeed it’s not just about us being hungry for the success – it’s about being starving.”

Rodgers pointed out the part Moussa Dembele played in earning his side a penalty-kick three minutes from the end.

He said: “You have to really, really push yourself in moments when you think things are gone and you have to fight.

“That looked like it was dead and was going to go through to the keeper, but Dembele made it something.

“That was a perfect example of the spirit in the team, in that they will chase everything.

“The best strikers do that and create something out of nothing, or make something for themselves.

“He made the penalty through his endeavour. Forget about his quality, that’s about a mindset to get there and he tucked it away really well.” 

The French Under-21 international frontman claimed his 13th goal of the campaign when he tucked the ball beyond Craig Samson to add to Scott Sinclair’s 18th-minute effort.

The champions remain four points ahead of Aberdeen with a game in hand.

Rodgers also confirmed he will be involved in the restructuring of the backroom staff at Celtic following the news on Friday that Head of Football Development John Park will leave the club after nine years.

He added: “I will be involved, very much so, but that’s not for here. That’s about internally behind the scenes and what we want to do going forward.

“I put on record my thanks to John. I’ve only been here a short period of time, but he’s been here for a number of years, so on behalf of myself and the club, officially, I thank him for his work here.

“Now I will look to put someone in place within that role that can, hopefully, make the next steps forward.”

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