CRAIG GORDON reckons Celtic have become relentless in their pursuit in the pursuit of victories under Brendan Rodgers’ leadership.

Next month, the Hoops boss and his squad head to Dubai for an eight-day warm weather training camp designed as much for rest and rehabilitation as quality training sessions.

Transfer business could also be done during the January sales with the Irishman adding to the five players he brought to the club in August – Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair, Kolo Toure, Cristian Gamboa and Dorus de Vries.

Once the action resumes with an away Scottish Cup-tie with Albion Rovers on January 21, the champions will be able to view the remainder of the campaign without concerns over fatigue following European matches.

Scotland international keeper Gordon said: “Europe is gone now, but there’s a huge amount to play for.

“This is a big month for us and there are a lot of games. It’s an opportunity to put a lot of points on the board.

“We won’t be easing off because we want to really force home our advantage in the league.”

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Gordon added: “We’re more confident now. We keep the ball an awful lot better than we did in that first game in the Nou Camp.

“The manager has been relentless with us to make sure we are improving all of the time.

“There’s been a huge amount of hard work on the training ground from him and the coaching staff to make sure we do improve.

“I think people could see in the performances in the games that we got better all the time.

“It’s such fine margins at that level and that’s something we will take forward for next time.

“If we can continue playing like we did in Manchester against City on Tuesday and continuing to improve, then there’s a good opportunity to, hopefully, do well in the competition next year.

“It’s been hard work and some disappointments, but there were some really enjoyable moments along the way and, as a group, we’ve learned from the experience.

“The Champions League has been everything I hoped. It’s great to go away in the knowledge we can play at that level.

“When we started this campaign there wasn’t many who had tasted Champions League football, but now we all have – and it will make us stronger.

“We’ve shown we have the confidence to compete against these sides and we all have that huge ambition to get back again.”


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