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14th Dec, 2016 | 1:25pm

Rodgers shares two reasons for Celtic players record-breaking success

By Matt Farr

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has put his side’s latest record-breaking achievement down to the players’ “drive” and “concentration”.

The Bhoys reached unprecedented heights on Tuesday night, as their win over Hamilton extended their unbeaten run to 19 games, and Rodgers has named the two mental attributes as the determining factor.

The Celtic boss hailed his side’s mentality as they went 11 points clear of rivals Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Their 19-game unbeaten run earned Celtic a place in the history books, as it is their best start to a season for any new manager since Martin O’Neill’s effort in 2000-2001.

Brendan Rodgers has only seen his side defeated three times since taking over at Celtic Park in the summer, all three of which came in the Champions League group-stage.

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The former Liverpool man has praised Celtic’s latest achievement, paying tribute to his side’s mental strength.

“It [record] doesn’t hold any weight at this point,” he told the Daily Record. “It is a good win, it is very nice and it is a great mark of the player’s concentration and how relentless they have been, their drive to keep going.

“The point I make to them is when you are winning have the attitude that you are losing. And keep working.

“If you are going to succeed you need to have drive, desire and hunger. And we have shown that in bucket-loads. I think that mental fitness is important.”

During Martin O’Neill’s previous record-breaking campaign of 16 unbeaten league games, they went on to win the domestic treble.

Under Rodgers, Celtic are making great progress in repeating the feat, and they already have the Scottish League Cup in the bag.

Celtic still have five more fixtures to play before the end of the month – against Dundee, Partick Thistle, Hamilton and Ross County – as well as much-anticipated Old Firm derby clash with Rangers.

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