BRENDAN RODGERS is obviously a great believer in the maxim: “Snooze and you lose.”
The Celtic boss, preparing his team for tomorrow’s game against Hearts at Tynecastle, is pushing his players all the way as they compete at home and in Europe.
He said: “That’s the big-club mentality. You can’t have a lazy day.
“You always have to be prepared to be better, no matter how you feel. When I came here it was about a commitment. It wasn’t necessarily about motivation. Motivation is about how you feel and you’ll never feel 100 per cent.
“It was what I committed to, no matter how I am or how I feel.
“I’ve committed to doing my maximum here and that means preparing the staff and the coaches in the most proper way.
“It means early mornings and late nights, to make sure they get the best preparation.
“Yeah, you need to come out of the battle at times, but it’s early morning to late at night. Even when I get home in the evenings.
“There will be a couple of hours of family time then I’ll be on the computer, looking at sessions plans or whatever. It’s the life, but it’s a privileged life.”
Rodgers added: “There’s a long way to go once we get to January, but it has been a tough run of games.
“I have nothing but admiration for the players.
“It’s not just what they’ve done in the 69 games – it’s what they have done every day in training.
“It’s what we do to shape that mentality because if they feel they can go lazy in training then they will feel they can go lazy in games.
“They might not have been always at their best, but they have always given their best and their qualities come through.”
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