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Rodgers makes Celtic admission as fixtures pile up

By James Black

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed Celtic’s hectic schedule is “very demanding” on his players – but believes his squad are coping with the demands of competing at home and in Europe.

The Hoops have already played 18 competitive games this term so far – with a host of Rodgers’ players also involved at international level – and the Celtic boss has praised his players’ for working hard to adapt despite their seemingly never-ending schedule.

The Scottish champions return to action after the international break when Dundee visit Celtic Park on Saturday before the Hoops face travelling to Germany to take on Bayern Munich in midweek.

Just three days after taking on the German giants in the Allianz Arena, Rodgers side have another huge fixture when they clash with Neil Lennon’s Hibs in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

Rodgers, though, is happy with his side’s non-stop fixtures as it means they have been successful.

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“The programme of games since we came back in June has been very demanding,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Evening Times website.

“A huge amount of credit goes to the players for their ability to adapt and perform in whatever competition they are playing in and to try to bring the very best out in every game.

“What we are clear on is that success just doesn’t happen, you have to work at it.

“There is a lot of games, a lot of travel but this is what you want, you want to be successful so you have to play a high number of games.

“For that you need a squad and thankfully this squad has been coping very well.”

The Glasgow giants are currently level on points with Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership as they continue their 58-game unbeaten domestic run.

Rodgers’ side lifted a domestic treble last season and the former Liverpool boss will be desperate to become the first manager in Scottish football history to lead his side to back-to-back trebles.

In other Celtic news, Rangers flop Joey Barton has made a big claim about Rodgers and the state of Scottish football.

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