Rodgers’ record chasers

Boss Brendan Rodgers turned his attention to Celtic’s next possible record after a commanding 3-0 win over Ladbrokes Premiership title rivals Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Left-back Kieran Tierney opened the scoring with a thunderous strike before returning striker Moussa Dembele bagged a brace to take the visitors three points clear of their hosts at the top of the table and extend their unbeaten domestic run to 61 games.

The Hoops moved to within 90 minutes of equalling their own British domestic unbeaten record of 62 games from Willie Maley’s side of 100 years ago, which can be achieved against Kilmarnock at home on Saturday.

Rodgers said: “I wasn’t aware of that. We’ve always focused. The only time this was mentioned was when the record was 26 and there was a bit at 23, 24 and could we beat it.

“Once we got over the line we focused on the next game. To have no complacency and to win.

“That’s what they’ve done. It’s an incredible credit to the players and staff for the mentality to work like that.

“We come back in the early hours from games and they want to work the next day.

“I give them a free day but they come in. It tells you about the winning mentality and how hard they’re working.”

Rodgers claimed his side put on a “wonderful demonstration of football” in what was a one-sided encounter.

He said: “We played well in lots of games but of course there was a big focus on this game.

“The level of football, the football ideas, the composure to play in a top of the table clash against a very good team that Derek McInnes has put together, to play to that level and to see Scottish players playing with that quality and understanding was pleasing.

“At 3-0 we should have scored more but how we defended and how we pressed, it was a wonderful demonstration of football.

“I have been pleased with the mentality in the big games.

“Every game is a big game for Celtic but when you come away to a place like this, you have to show you are a big team and you have to play like a big team and I thought we did that.”

Dons boss Derek McInnes conceded that a “huge gulf” between the two clubs was laid bare for all to see.

He said: “It was a tough watch for myself and the supporters.

“It was a tough evening for my players and I felt for them.

“They gave us a lesson. I can still be annoyed at the goals we lost, but they were very good.
There’s no criticism of my players for the way the game played out or for their effort.

“We want to be as competitive as we can be, but when Celtic play like that there’s a huge gulf between them and every other team domestically.

“We just get back on now. I won’t think about that game. When I go to bed it’s about Ross County on Saturday and making sure there’s no hangover.”

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