CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers praised his players following their 2-0 Premiership win over Partick Thistle last night.

The champions had gone a UK record 69 games without defeat in domestic compeition before faltering against Hearts in Edinburgh at the weekend.

The Hoops, playing their 35th competitive game of the season, led at the interval through a stunning strike from Stuart Armstrong.

Kieran Tierney added a second in the 67th minute to make sure of the win which took them five points clear of Saturday’s visitors Aberdeen.

Delighted gaffer Rodgers said: “It’s so tough for the players, what they’re asked to do.

“They’re virtually playing back-to-back seasons. It’s absolutely incredible the energy they’re putting into games.

“It took us a wee bit of time to get going and find our range, but you see the condition of the players and how stronger they got as they went on.

“There are certain parts of the team where you need that energy and be dynamic and the players showed that this evening.

“We created chances to get more goals, but what was important for us was keeping a clean sheet.

“That was vital for us and I thought as a team we defended very well and counter pressed very well.”

There was also a memorable moment in the 69th minute when the Parkhead stands rose to acclaim the historic feat in the team going on their amazing sequence of games without loss. It was a fitting tribute to an achievement which may never be eclipsed.

At the interval, new signing £1million centre-back Marvin Compper, who will officially arrive on January 1 from RB Leipzig on a two-and-a-half year deal, was introduced to the home fans and Rodgers believes he is going to be an important player for the Parkhead side.

He said: “I am really excited about him. He has a wealth of experience.

“He is coming off the back of one of the teams that have grown in the last five years and he was a mainstay for them 18 months ago when the finished second in the Bundesliga.

“So, for us to get him is a real coup for us because he is a big talent.”


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