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‘WE WON’T GET CARRIED AWAY,’ VOWS RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS was celebrating after leading Celtic to a new British unbeaten record of 63 successive games following the 4-0 destruction of St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park yesterday.

However, the Hoops has promised the club’s loyal followers: “There’s still more to come!”

Rodgers admitted his pride at creating history in overcoming Willie Maley’s 100-year-old achievement and stressed there was much more to come from the group beyond the this landmark undefeated sequence.

The Irishman said: “It’s important players have goals and targets to achieve.

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“This was never a destination for us. We wanted to achieve it, of course, but we have to keep moving forward.

“This cycle we’re in, we want to really dominate. We’re winning titles and playing an aggressive attacking style of football.

“But we won’t get carried away. It’s a great achievement, but there’s a lot of work for us to do.

“I remember getting the champagne when we beat the 50-year record of 26.

“I looked at it in my office and thought: ‘What an achievement that is by the team.’ And now I have one for 63, the squad deserve all the credit they get.

“You could never have said coming in here that we would do this. Going back to that team Willie Maley had, people of my age will be aware of guys like Patsy Gallacher. That was a great team with great players, who achieved so much.

“For us to go beyond them and make it 63 games unbeaten is a special feeling.

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“It was important to win and important to play with a speed and intensity. I congratulated them on that and achieving what they have done.”

Beaten Perth boss Tommy Wright, linked with the vacant Dundee United job, gave massive credit to his opposite number and stated a firm belief that the run was all down to the excellence of Rodgers and his men.

He added: “Not one of my players would get anywhere near the Celtic squad.

“That’s not being detrimental to them, it’s just how strong Celtic are.

“They’ve got quality and the right work ethic, which is always a good combination, so they’re in a very strong position.”

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