Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has disclosed why he went into a huddle with his players following the Hoops’ 4-0 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle.

The Scottish Premiership league leaders saw their domestic unbeaten run come to an end at a British record of 69 games, and the Hoops boss wanted to remind the players of what they had achieved in that time.

“I wanted to pull the players together and let them be aware that they were better than us today and we have to accept that”, he said, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.

Rodgers want the players to quickly get the defeat out of their system. He added: “What they have done is absolutely amazing but to use this feeling that they haven’t felt for 18 months, use it as a lever moving forward and let’s learn from it.”

During the unbeaten run the Bhoys clinched their first domestic treble since 2001 and their first unbeaten league season since the 1890s.

This season they have already retained the Betfred Cup and are at the top of the league, but performances in recent weeks have been poor in comparison with those of last season.

The Celts have the chance to make up for the defeat in their upcoming match against Partick Thistle, a win would see them moving five points clear of second placed Aberdeen and eight points clear of Rangers in third place.

The Hoops then take on Aberdeen in a top of the table clash at Celtic Park on Saturday the 23rd of December, in what looks to be the biggest league match of the season so far.

In other Celtic news, Erik Sviatchenko is reportedly set to leave the Hoops in January

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