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Rodgers hails Celtic style of play after award

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has been named as Premiership Manager of the Month for April, taking the award for the fourth time this season.

It adds to the PFA Manager of the Year award he collected on Sunday when he became the first boss to win the top prize in both Scotland and England.

Rodgers' side - who go to Aberdeen in the league tomorrow night - began the month by sealing their sixth successive title with a 5-0 win against Hearts at Tynecastle before a home draw with Partick Thistle, a win against Kilmarnock and a draw at Ross County.

Celtic completed April with a 5-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

That run of results, during which Celtic scored 16 goals and conceded five over five games, continued the team's unbeaten run in the league.

It earned the Carnlough native his fourth monthly award, adding to the trophies he picked up in August, October and December.

"We obviously had some great results and even more important was how we played," said Rodgers after receiving his award.

"It is always good to win, but it is even better to win well.

"We had some outstanding performances."

Meanwhile, Rodgers has praised the "fantastic talent" of Dominic Solanke after being linked with a move for the young Chelsea forward.

The 19-year-old is believed to have refused a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

Under cross-border rules, the Ladbrokes Premiership champions would only need to pay a fraction of the fee English clubs would have to stump up for the England Under-21 international.

When asked about the speculation, Rodgers did not say he had a definite interest in Solanke, but he was praiseworthy.

"Nothing much other than I know Dominic well," said Rodgers.

"I took Dominic into Chelsea when he was eight years of age. I am delighted for him and the career he has had up until now as a young player, he is a fantastic talent. But no more than that. I only speak on him because I know the player back then.

"It is unfortunate that he is maybe not going to renew his contract at Chelsea because it is a great club, but he maybe deems that his future lies elsewhere."

Rodgers, however, admitted that Solanke was the type of player that would be of interest to Celtic, who signed French striker Moussa Dembele from Fulham under similar circumstances last summer.

The then 19-year-old arrived for a fee of around £500,000 and his 32 goals have helped take the Hoops to the cusp of a domestic treble.

"There is a huge attraction here for any young player," Rodgers added.

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