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‘WE WERE DOMINANT TEAM,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS believes Celtic’s 1-0 win did not show his team’s superiority over Sevco Rangers this afternoon.

The Hoops boss celebrated his TENTH victory in 12 games against the Ibrox side – with the other two ending in stalemates – as his side dominated the Glasgow derby at Parkhead.

It took a solitary goal from Olivier Ntcham shortly after the hour mark to give the champions three points – and inflict the first defeat on Steven Gerrard since taking over as Ibrox boss in the summer.

The seven-in-a-row title winners rattled the crossbar THREE times through James Forrest, Mikael Lustig and Ntcham while Leigh Griffiths also hit the outside of the post near the end.

The home side racked up 14 corner-kicks as they took charge of proceedings right from the off.

Rodgers said: “It was a very, very good performance. Maybe the scoreline makes it look a bit tighter, but I thought we were the really dominant team.

“Defensively, we pressed the game really well and then with the ball moved it well and had good positions on the pitch. We’ve hit the bar a few times and Allan McGregor made some outstanding saves.

“Steven Gerrard has done a great job going into there, he’s got the team organised and they are threat, but I thought today we were excellent. I think the trademark in these games is our calmness.”

Rodgers added: “Of course, there is a lot of emotion around these games, but you have to be able to play football. The players, you see the courage they had to get on the ball, to pass it and move. They got their rewards for that.

“I think this week we sent the message of keeping clean sheets. Dedryck Boyata coming back in makes a huge difference for us and I thought he was brilliant today.

“We kept a clean sheet, so it’s that concentration which is so important for us because we have great creativity in the team.

“Very pleasing week. We sit here having won three out of four leagues games, changed team against Hearts and we’re into the Europa League. It’s been a good start.”

 
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