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Brendan Rodgers has stated that his Celtic players will never take a day off or get lazy in training, such is their will to win.

The Hoops are currently in the middle of a gruelling nine-day December fixture list, and the Celtic boss has hailed the spirit that runs through the squad.

“That’s the big club mentality. You can’t have a lazy day”, he said, as quoted by The Scottish Sun.

“You always have to be prepared to be better, no matter how you feel. It has been a tough run of games but I have nothing but admiration for the players.

“It’s not just what they’ve done in the 69 games — it’s what they have done every day in training.

“They might not have been always at their best — but they have always given their best and their qualities come through.”

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The Scottish Premiership league leaders have managed to stretch their unbeaten run of games to 69, despite not always playing at their full potential.

This was shown when they recently threw away a two goal lead against Hibs at Easter Road to only draw 2-2, but they made amends in their most recent league game, defeating Hamilton 3-1.

The Celts go into their next match against Hearts at Tynecastle looking to maintain their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic are currently two points ahead of Aberdeen and five points ahead of Rangers, with games in hand on both, beginning with the trip to Tynecastle then a midweek game against Partick Thistle at Celtic Park.

The league leaders then face Aberdeen and Rangers on consecutive weekends on the 23rd and 30th of December before the winter break begins, in two games that will have huge consequences in the battle for the Scottish Premiership title.

In other Celtic news, a BBC pundit has tipped Celtic to defeat Hearts

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