Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Brendan Rodgers: Focus is key if Celtic are to rewrite history

Brendan Rodgers: Focus is key if Celtic are to rewrite history

Celtic's rising star has earned interest from a host of clubs following a sensational start to life in Scottish football over the last three seasons, and the Red Devils are hoping to edge out their rivals in the summer in the race for the 20-year-old.

The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And Rodgers was delighted with what his players served up and feels they worked out Rangers' tactics and controlled the game.

Celtic drew first blood after 22 minutes as Moussa Dembele and James Forrest combined to set up Tom Rogic 14 yards out and he tricked Ross McCrorie before stroking home the ball.

Things went from bad to worse for Rangers early in the second half.

Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved but is looking no further than the weekend.

"I believe that Alfredo does get there, that we can find him in there and I do believe that given the opportunity, he could hit the back of the net for us". We played around their shape, Rangers looked like they were trying to block the middle of the pitch but that allowed us to exploit the sides.

"I've seen Alfredo saying in the press that he is going to score - that's the mindset of a centre-forward", he said.

"We have had a really good training week and we enter into it to win". It was always going to be a hard game.

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