Rodgers aims sly dig at Rangers over title hunt after Celtic win v Aberdeen
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said that the likes of Rangers and Aberdeen had been “on holiday” while his side have been competing on other fronts when discussing the Scottish Premiership title race.
The Hoops bounced back from their disappointing Europa League defeat at the hands of Zenit St Petersburg in midweek to secure a 2-0 win away at the Dons in a tie full of controversy, with both sides seeing players sent off.
The win leaves them nine points clear at the top of the table, with fierce rivals Rangers second and Aberdeen in third, while they are also in contention to retain their Scottish Cup title after having retained the League Cup back in November.
However, Rodgers chose to aim a sly dig at the clubs chasing his side at the peak of Scotland’s top flight, stating that while the Hoops have been embarking on European duty, their domestic opponents had been putting their feet up waiting for the next game.
He told BBC Sportsround, as quoted by the Daily Record: “It was a fantastic win for us. We’re on an even playing field now with most of the other teams, 10 games to go.
“Some teams around us have been on holiday for a year with virtually one game a week. We’ve dealt with everything up until this point now.
“With 10 games to go we can really focus and concentrate domestically on what has been a really great season so far. One or two teams around us have got pressure now, when they’ve been playing with no pressure a lot of the season.”
The win against Aberdeen was Celtic’s third game in what will be a run of five games in just two weeks, with a midweek league clash at home to Dundee followed by a visit to Parkhead by Championship side Greenock Morton, who sit third in the second tier, for their Scottish Cup quarter final.
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