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‘WE’LL BE BACK FRESHER AND BETTER,’ VOWS RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS insists Celtic will be better when they return from the winter break today’s disappointing goalless draw against Sevco Rangers.

The Hoops boss said: “There’s no doubt getting to this point of the season, we need that recovery to get that freshness back into the legs again.

“We’ll get away, we’ll recover now, we’ll work very hard when we get away and we’ll be back for the second part of the season fresher and better.”

Asked if there would be new arrivals in January, the Irishman replied: “I suspect so. There are probably some players who will go out, who will want to play games.

“But it’s a month where you like to strengthen, as well, so I’m sure there’ll be something done.”

And Rodgers admitted he “wouldn’t know” if Moussa Dembele had made his final appearance for the Hoops today.

He added: “It’s not something I’ve even thought of. We’ve had nothing for any player.

“Collectively, we are a team. It’s not just in isolation one player. We have a responsibility to get it into our front players with a bit more quality.

“It was just one of those games when we didn’t have too many opportunities, but his physicality was important for us.

“First-half, we had created the better chances some of the opportunities – how we didn’t score them.

“It made it a wee bit difficult for us in the second-half. If we score that first goal then, of course, it can really change the mentality in the game, so we didn’t quite get that.

“And then we had to defend a little bit more than what he had in the first. They didn’t create virtually anything in the first-half, but second half they had a couple of chances – one half-chance and one real, real good chance that Craig Gordon makes a great save from.

“So, probably a point apiece is what both teams deserve.

“It’s a great credit to the players that after our game against Hearts, it’s the fourth clean sheet in a row and they’ve showed a great mentality.

“Okay, you can’t win then you certainly don’t lose it and that’s a resilience and a resolve the players clearly have.”

 
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