Brendan Rodgers taking Celtic to new heights, declares Rogic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic have won their last five meetings with the Dons, four this season.

However, the 24-year-old is confident that whatever the result of the match is, it won't affect Celtic's performance against the same side in the Scottish Cup final and their desire to go on and win every game they play will also not change in any way. Can he get a second chance down in England? They were going through managers.

'Steve Coppell went in there as a pretty prestigious manager and it was very, very hard. Of course he can - 150 per cent he can. He sees a plan going forward there for a new training ground and hopefully a new stadium. 'They had Stewart McKimmie, big Alex McLeish, Willie Miller, Neale Cooper, Jim Bett who was a fantastic player.

And Davies, whose side have won their previous four encounters with the Dons this campaign, doesn't believe his players will slack off as they attempt to end the season undefeated. These are different times but they are obviously a big club up here with a great history and tradition.

"So he's gone into Aberdeen and I think he's really imposed his way of working there".

Injured on-loan duo Emerson Hyndman and Jon Toral have returned to parent clubs Bournemouth and Arsenal respectively, while skipper Lee Wallace looks set to miss the rest of the season as he recovers from stomach surgery. It's a very hard place to get a result at and they've had a very strong season, so all credit to them for that.

"That is something fundamental you need if you want to develop players to the level Aberdeen's expectations will be at".

Michael Johnston and Anthony Ralston were the two men rewarded with a place in Rodgers' starting eleven last time out, and they gave impressive displays. He's made them very competitive.

'I remember at the start of this season, the drums were being beaten quite loudly that Rangers were going to come in and win the league or certainly be the closest challenger, and Aberdeen are sitting nine points clear in second place having been consistent.

"So we don't have too many options to be resting players even if we wanted to, and I think it's risky to be doing that". You hear that phrase banded about - but what does it mean? "There are no months off now where players can just go off and do what they want", he said.

The most arduous choices most people take on long-haul flights is deciding which in-flight movie to watch and how many beers to consume but long-distance travel is such a feature of Rogic's life that it has become a far more serious business than that. "He will finish runner-up again this year and this year the standard has been very good - and consistently very good".

"But I think how he has done in the time he has been there has been exceptional".

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