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‘PAUL McSTAY ALWAYS FOUND THE ANSWER,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS insists his first taste of the Celtic experience has been the most enjoyable in his managerial career.
The Hoops boss also revealed he wasn’t surprised to see his side win 5-1 at Ibrox he possesses the hardest-working players in Britain.Rodgers, the former Swansea and Liverpool boss, said: “Having had the chance, the good fortune and the privilege to work in the English Premier League which is very competitive and then coming here to work with this group of players, I have to say this is the most enjoyable spell of my life as a coach.”The Parkhead men are now just one game away from completing a domestic treble during the Irishman’s first campaign in charge.

Only Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on May 27 can prevent Rodgers from leading the team to their fourth domestic clean sweep in their history.
The Celtic gaffer said: “The players didn’t exceed my expectations at Ibrox because they have been getting better and better and better right the way through the season.

“The players were absolutely brilliant and magnificent and the supporters were brilliant and both together we had a special day.

“I am very fortunate to see how hard the players work and how hard they train.

“There is not a training group in Britain that is working as hard as these players and they are getting their rewards for it.

“This feels very special.

“We set out to do the very best we could this season and how it has transpired has been absolutely phenomenal.

“It is an incredible privilege and I am immensely proud to manage the club.”

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The 44-year-old coach also said he would have loved to have signed former Celtic skipper Paul McStay.
He added: “There have been so many great players over the course of the history of Celtic.“I suppose growing up, there was one player who always stuck out for me especially when Celtic were going through a difficult period.“There was one player for me who always found the answer and always made you so excited to support Celtic and that was Paul McStay.

“He was an incredible player. He was absolutely phenomenal player for Celtic.

“He could pass, he could create goals and score goals and he possessed real skill and quality.

“He also had loyalty to Celtic. You always heard of him being linked with other clubs, but he knew he was in a good place.

“He was a fantastic player.”

Rodgers also confessed that the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final win over Dundee United in the eighties made him go wild with joy as a young Hoops fan.

He added: “I think the one memory that sticks out for me when I lost it as a Celtic supporter was the Scottish Cup Final win in 1985 when we beat Dundee United’

“It looked like the game was dead, but we won the Cup with two late goals from Davie Provan and Frank McGarvey.”

 An action replay against the Dons next month will be warmly applauded and greatly appreciated, Brendan!
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Why Henrik Larsson is the Best Celtic Player Ever

There have been many great players for Celtic over the years. Kenny Dalglish, Bobby Lennox, Jimmy Johnstone, Jimmy McGrory are all club legends. And players such as Paul McStay, Tommy Burns, Scott Brown, Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele are some of the more recent Celtic players to have earned hero status at Parkhead.

However, there is only one player who can be chosen as the best ever Celtic player, and that player is Henrik Larsson. The legendary Swede had all that you can ask from a striker. His name is music to Celtic fans’ ears just like Bet365 2017 bonus code is the melodic phrase that punters like to hear.

Here we will look at the stats, numbers and characteristics that made Henrik Larsson such a legend among Celtic fans and which cemented his place in Scottish football history.

Trophies and Awards

When the Swedish international was bought from Feyenord for £650,000 in 1997, it was fair to say that fans expected to see good performances from the new arrival, but didn’t expect that Larsson will become such a sensational signing.

The number of titles and awards that he collected during his stay in Glasgow speaks volumes about the success that he had on the pitch. In fact, his time with Celtic coincides with a period in which both Celtic and Rangers had formidable sides and any title which was won ahead of the city rival represented a great coup.

In the seven years that the Swede spent with Celtic he won four Scottish Premier League titles two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups. Out of the seven seasons he spent in Glasgow he was a top goal scorer in the SPL in five.

In fact, one of the two seasons in which he didn’t win the Scottish Golden Boot was 1999-2000, most of which he was sidelined with a broken leg. In the next season however, he came back in full glory and managed to win the European Golden Boot.

Work Rate

One of the attributes which made Larsson different from his contemporaries was his work rate. Great players, especially strikers, often wait for others to create opportunities for them and do only the defensive work that the coach obliges them to do.

However, Larsson was nothing like that. Rangers’ manager Dick Advocaat once said that Larsson was one of the best strikers in Europe, and maybe in the world, simply because, besides being a good player and goal scorer, he had a tremendous work rate.

Deadly Finisher

One of the reasons why Larsson went on to play for Barcelona and Manchester United was his strike to goal ratio. He was one of the most deadly finishers of his generation.

In the six seasons in which he was healthy, he scored an average of 38.3 goals per season for Celtic, and had 0.77 goals per match during his stay with the Bhoys, making him one of the most accurate shooters in the world.

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