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Brendan Rodgers taking Celtic to new heights, declares Rogic

by Ronnie Esplin

Brendan Rodgers has turned Celtic into a "one cause" club this season, according to midfielder Tom Rogic. The Ulsterman took over from Norwegian boss Ronny Deila last summer and stands a William Hill Scottish Cup final win over Aberdeen away from clinching the domestic treble, having already picked up the PFA Scotland manager of the year award.

Celtic have also gone 43 games unbeaten against Scottish opposition since the start of the season as they prepare for the trip to the second-placed Dons tonight.

Rogic believes the spirit the former Liverpool manager has instilled at Parkhead has underpinned this season's success.

The 24-year-old Australia international said: "The manager has changed the way the club is as a whole.

"A lot of players working hard, together, for the one cause. It is not about individuals and I think that is a big reason why we have been so successful.

"If you look at the way we are playing this season, players who aren't playing are working hard and come into the team when maybe they haven't been playing so much, and it has been an easy transition.

"Players like Dedryck Boyata, who wasn't involved so much in one part of the season, can still come in and play a massive part.

"We have a real belief among the squad. It is not about the individual, it is about the group and how successful we can be together as one.

"We prepare the same for every game, whether it be Champions League or cup games, it doesn't really differ how we prepare.

"It is always the same level, the same intensity, (Rodgers) always demanding more from the players and that is the sort of competitive environment you want to be in and where you learn and develop.

"It has been very enjoyable to be part of."

Celtic have beaten Aberdeen three times in the league this season and also in the Betfred Cup final.

Rogic scored in the 4-1 Ladbrokes Premiership win last August, the only goal of the game at Pittodrie in October and in the 3-0 decider win over the Dons at Hampden Park in November, although he played that record down.

He said: "I have scored but it doesn't really count for much going into the game and obviously into the cup final.

"It is just one of those things. It is in the past and we look forward.

"It is nice to know you can do it but it is a new game and we will see what happens.

"Aberdeen have had a fantastic season. They are a good side.

"We know the match is going to be difficult, it always is, especially away from home so we have to be ready and focus on ourselves."

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