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RODGERS SETS TARGET

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BRENDAN RODGERS is ignoring Celtic’s forthcoming glamour games to concentrate fully on Motherwell at Parkhead this afternoon.

The Premiership leaders resume their Champions League campaign with the visit of Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday taking on comedy club Sevco Rangers in the Betfred League Cup semi-final at Hampden a week tomorrow.

The Hoops hammered the Fir Parkers 5-0 in the League Cup in August, but Rodgers expects an improvement from Mark McGhee’s side.

He said: “I am only worried about the next game and that’s Motherwell. We will focus on that and get ready for that. It will be a tough game for us, I’m sure.

“We played them in the Cup earlier in the season and we played very, very well.

“But I am sure Mark will have looked at that game and looked at his team having improved maybe from that and I am sure they will make it very difficult for us again.”

Celtic face a hectic fixture list in the run up to Christmas as they battle on three fronts with nine games scheduled in December, but the former Liverpool and Swansea manager insisted that is simply the price of success.

He added: “We now go into our next block of seven games before the next international break and through November to December we are nearly playing every other day.

“But that obviously comes from success as well, so we can’t complain.

“The players work very hard here. I have a really good squad of players, all of them will be ready for whatever games they are needed to play in.

“So, if you are having so many games it is, hopefully, because you are successful.”

 
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