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SPFL SPLIT BAFFLES BRENDAN

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BRENDAN RODGERS admitted he is still getting use to the idea of the post-split in the Premiership.

The SPFL revealed the full list of fixtures will be announced next week after the top flight’s top and bottom six were confirmed following Motherwell’s 2-0 defeat to Aberdeen on Tuesday.

Rodgers said: “I am still confused by it all, to be honest. It is something I had my first experience of last year and I can’t quite work it out.

“It seems to me to be a bit more difficult than what it should be. Play two home games and two away games and let that be it.

“I find it strange that the seventh-placed team can end up with more points than the sixth-placed team.

“But I understand maybe for TV and for everything else there needs to be something creative, but I don’t quite get it.”

The first round of post-split matches will take place on the weekend of April 21/22 and will conclude the weekend of May 12/13.

Rodgers revealed Kieran Tierney has returned to training following a calf injury which has kept him out for the last three games.

Celtic face Hamilton on Sunday, but due to the Accies’ artificial surface, Rodgers will assess the left-back and other players with previous calf and knee issues.

He added: “We will talk about that with him and the medical staff over the next couple of days. He is back in training, he looked very strong and has come back well.

“But with guys with calf and knee issues you need to be careful. There are a few of the guys who struggle on that surface, so we will look at it in the next couple of days.”

What will not confuse Brendan Rodgers is that if you check a review of Bookmaker odds, his team is fancied to claim a second successive domestic treble. They already have the League Cup in the trophy cabinet, are 10 points clear in the Scottish Premiership after 32 games and face city rivals Newco Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final next weekend.

Never in history has a Scottish club won consecutive trebles.

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