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Brendan Rodgers boasts perfect stats against Dons boss. Played 7, won 7, with the Celts scoring 17 times and only conceding 3.

All that might mean nothing at a sold-out Celtic Park on Saturday at 3 pm. Aberdeen recorded their best win and best display against Hibs last week while Rodgers lost his first domestic game in charge.

Luckily for Celtic, they had a midweek game to get back to winning ways and to face Aberdeen with 3 points under their belt. Celtic have played a lot of games since July and 3 big ones remain. Two of their last 3 are against second and third-placed teams. 3 wins will create a gap in the league table of at least 8 points. Rodgers praised his player’s energy during the week after the Thistle clash.

“It’s so tough for the players, what they’re asked to do. They’re virtually playing back-to-back seasons. It’s absolutely incredible the energy they’re putting into games.

“It took us a wee bit of time to get going and find our range but you see the condition of the players and how stronger they got as they went on.

“There are certain parts of the team where you need that energy and be dynamic and the players showed that this evening.

“We created chances to get more goals but what was important for us was keeping a clean sheet. That was vital for us and I thought as a team we defended very well and counter pressed very well.”

Celtic already hold a 5 point gap and the Celtic boss has said he would like that in double digits for the new year. The Celtic players will need to give one last big push before they head into a 3-week winter break.

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