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5th Dec, 2016 | 3:06pm

Stephen McManus makes bold claim about Celtic, bigs up Brendan Rodgers

By Amir Mir

Motherwell defender Stephen McManus believes Celtic have already won the Scottish Premiership as he hailed Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers.

Centre-back McManus played 63 minutes against the league leaders on Saturday as Rodgers men secured a dramatic 4-3 victory at Fir Park.

Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner for the visitors in an entertaining seven-goal thriller.

The Glasgow giants hold an 11 point lead at the top of the SPL table and they also have a remarkable three games in hand.

McManus, who captained the Bhoys between 2007 and 2010, provided an honest verdict on the Scottish Premiership.

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“Listen, for me the league is done,” said McManus, as quoted by the Telegraph. “Who else is going to win it? Momentum is massive in football and Celtic have got that. When you’re playing in a good team that wins football matches you can’t wait for the next one to come.

“That’s what Brendan Rodgers has got just now – the players are buying into everything their manager says and you can see that. He’s a top, top manager.”

Former Liverpool manager Rodgers joined the Bhoys in the summer and has already lifted a domestic trophy with the Scottish club.

Celtic beat Aberdeen 3-0 to win the Scottish League Cup in November and they have also beaten Old Firm rivals Rangers on two occasions this term.

Rodgers men inflicted a 5-1 defeat on the Gers in September, before beating them 1-0 on their road to League Cup triumph.

It means the former Chelsea man is unbeaten since taking charge and he has also won 12 of his 13 games in the league.

However, in Europe it has been a different story for Celtic as they finished rock bottom of their Champions League group.

Barcelona and Manchester City are the top two in Group C, with the Hoops travelling to the Etihad to take on Pep Guardiola’s side on Tuesday night.

In other Celtic news, key decision to be made ahead of the Bhoys clash with Manchester City.