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16th Dec, 2017 | 10:55am

Brendan Rodgers makes bold claim about Celtic January progress

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has boldly claimed that his side will come back after the Scottish football winter break stronger than ever before.

After the Old Firm derby on 30 December the Scottish Premiership goes into it’s annual winter break and doesn’t return until 30 January.

And, as quoted by the Daily Record, the boss of the Scottish champions has zero reservations about whether his side will progress in quality after the few weeks off in January.

“We’ll have more coaching and working time so I’ve no doubt we will be better,” he said.

“We will be better in the second half of the season but I need to commend the players for what they have done so far.

“Their desire and will to keep winning games, and bouncing back from knocks, has been there.”

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Despite some relatively poor results in recent weeks, the Hoops are currently 69 domestic matches undefeated, which is a British record.

They also retained the Betfred Cup and clinched qualification for the last 32 of the Europa League, so Rodgers can be satisfied with the first-half of the season so far.

Before the winter break begins Celtic have a busy domestic schedule to deal with, beginning with a trip to Tynecastle to play Hearts.

The Bhoys are currently five points clear of nearest challengers Rangers and Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, albeit with a game in hand.

The Hoops face home games with both Rangers and Aberdeen in December, the results of which will go a long way in determining the Scottish Premiership title race.

In other Celtic news, Andy Walker believes that the Hoops will defeat Hearts

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