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RODGERS ACCEPTS BLAME AFTER FLOP

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BRENDAN RODGERS didn’t attempt to dodge the flak following Celtic’s THIRD Premiership defeat of the season following the 2-0 flop against Hibs this afternoon.

The Hoops boss saw his side concede a goal inside one minute and then get caught upfield as Neil Lennon’s men broke away to claim the killer second.

It was a drab performance from the champions who failed to spark throughout a miserable 90 minutes at Easter Road, a ground where they dropped five points last season.

Rodgers went into the encounter without the injured Mikael Lustig, Ryan Christie, Kieran Tierney, Dedryck Boyata and Tom Rogic and he was forced to make switch his team around.

He said: “It was a disappointing for us, of course. We didn’t play well and that’s my fault.

“We had players who were missing, so we changed the system and our way of working. We did okay at times, but we switched off in two moments and they scored on both occasions.

“We had some good moments with some good passages of play, but we just did not do enough today.

“We had people pressing in wrong areas and coming out of position when they shouldn’t and that opens up the game. And then you don’t track a runner.

“It wasn’t a great start for us, but we’ll go away and analyse it. These players have been brilliant for me and this was always going to be a tough game to play on the back-end of a European tie on Thursday.

“But I would still expect us to do better.”

A clearly frustrated Rodgers added: “I certainly know what my best team is at this stage of the season, but, of course, that can’t always be the team that plays.

“Players want to come in to show their qualities, but we didn’t have that today.

“So, congratulations to Hibs, but, like I say, we’ll go away and analyse where we can be better and we will need to be better on Wednesday.”

Celtic are due to play Motherwell, who held them a 1-1 draw earlier this month, at Parkhead in midweek.

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