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Provan: Brendan Rodgers has Celtic in clover

By Ronnie Esplin

Former Celtic star Davie Provan believes some Scottish teams are beaten before the game starts against the Hoops and puts it down Brendan Rodgers.

Since taking over from Ronny Deila in the summer, the Parkhead boss has yet to lose a domestic game in 29, with their 19th consecutive Premiership victory on Sunday against St Johnstone taking them 27 point clear of second-placed Aberdeen at the top of the table.

Provan, speaking ahead of this weekend's Scottish Cup fifth round ties with Celtic hosting Inverness on Saturday, insists that Rodgers has Celtic playing so well that defeat would "probably" match the Hoops' shock 3-1 Scottish Cup loss to Inverness in 2000, when the Highlanders were First Division part-timers.

"The other thing Celtic have in their favour now is that some teams feel they are already beaten as they walk out the tunnel," said the former Scotland winger.

"I think the psychology has changed. Some teams coming to Glasgow last season always felt they could beat Ronny Deila's side if they were off it at all.

"I am not sure that is the case now. The way Celtic are going at the moment, like a juggernaut, it is almost impossible to see past them.

"Under Ronny Deila they would have off days where they weren't at it at all. Brendan Rodgers can't stand for an ounce of complacency. They are so up for it, so motivated, you can't see past them."

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