BRENDAN RODGERS praised his “excellent” Celtic players following their 5-0 annihilation of Hearts at Parkhead today.

The seven-in-a-row champions closed the gap on the leaders to a solitary point with Odsonne Edouard scoring twice, on-loan Filip Benkovic claiming his first for the Hoops, James Forrest scoring a trademark effort and Ryan Christie sweeping in a late penalty-kick.

Rodgers has seen his side score a dynamic TWENTY-THREE goals in their past five domestic games with eight against the Tynecastle outfit in two matches, six against St Johnstone, four against Hibs and five again Dundee.

The Irishman enthused: “It was a great victory for us in terms of a win and performance level.
“The game today and this week showed the level these players have been at domestically for the last two-and-a-half years.

“We have taken hits in Europe and there is never a midweek when we don’t have a game, but to keep coming back and having that hunger against a good Hearts team.

“Craig Levein has done great for Hearts and they have started the season well, but we played really well against them last week and today we were excellent.

“We scored five and with a final pass we could have had more. So, an outstanding team performance.”

Rodgers singled out £9million Frenchman Edouard for special praise, insisting that the striker’s two goals were only part of his contribution.

The Hoops gaffer added: “The boy has scored consistently since he came here. It is not just that, it is what else he gives the team.

“He gives us so much and on top of that he presses the game.

“There is not a big demand from me to only score goals, he needs to press the game like I ask my strikers to do and from that we will always make chances and then it is up to him to take them.”

With Scott Sinclair, who had netted spot-kicks in the previous two games against the Edinburgh outfit on Sunday and Dundee in midweek, off the pitch following his late substitution, rejuvenated Christie took the responsibility of taking the late penalty-kick after James Forrest had been floored.

On a day like this, there was no way the Highlander was going to miss.

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