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Celtic close in on record

Celtic close in on record

Delighted by another relentless display from his side, Rodgers added: 'That's 103 points, 104 goals and 33 wins - so we need one more win to beat that record also.

LEIGH GRIFFITHS may have left the field in a huff but his wee strop will be quickly dealt with by Celtic's experienced manager Brendan Rodgers who has managed more temperamental players in his time than the Celtic number 9 and is still around in the game to tell the tales.

"To end the season with 34 wins out of 38 would be a remarkable achievement and we could celebrate a wonderful season in the league, which would be great for the supporters and hopefully they are enjoying the football".

'For a minute he forgot himself, ' said Rodgers afterwards.

Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring from the spot in the 18th minute before Tom Rogic doubled Celtic's lead at Firhill, with Patrick Roberts further extending the visitors' advantage on the brink of half-time.

"We are playing our 57th competitive game tonight so I need a squad of players".

Rodgers will understand that he is dealing with a striker who scored 40 goals himself last season, clearly hungry to add to his total this season. This was an outstanding team performance'.

The forward took exception to being replaced in the 63rd minute for Scott Sinclair but the Celtic boss explained to Sky Sports it was for the player's protection with the Scottish Cup final up ahead and Moussa Dembele a doubt.

Rodgers said: " You have seen the evolution of this team over the course of the season.

"We stood off them and I think Celtic could smell that fear in some of our individual battles and if you do that against a good side, they'll certainly hurt you and we gave them a gift with the opening goal, which didn't help". And for the twentieth time I will say he is a Manchester City player.

The Northern Irishman said: "I think everyone coming here would have expected a severe test for us, and rightly so because Alan Archibald's been fantastic this season getting his team in the top six and being really hard to beat". For us, it was very disappointing.

"And they showed their qualities and professionalism tonight".


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