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Rodgers happy with Hoops' spirit

By Ronnie Esplin

Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic played like champions despite not being at their best in the 1-0 home win over Dundee on Saturday.

Following the international break and with a view to the Champions League trip to Bayern Munich in midweek, Northern Irishman Rodgers rang the changes for the visit of the Taysiders.

Dorus de Vries returned in goal for the first time competitively since featuring against Kilmarnock in September 2016, while Costa Rica right-back Cristian Gamboa made his first appearance of the season and Eboue Kouassi returned from a knee injury sustained against Killie at the start of the campaign.

Olivier Ntcham's 61st-minute strike extended Celtic's unbeaten domestic run to 59 games and they remain top of the Ladbrokes Premiership over Aberdeen on goal difference, which, all in all, pleased manager Rodgers.

"What champions do is they show that little bit extra," he told CelticTV. "Okay, we weren't at our fluent best, understandably having not worked together for a period of time.

"So I am delighted with the result, another good three points, another clean sheet for us and we will play better."

Dundee boss Neil McCann took encouragement from his side's positive performance.

"We worked on things and it was a bit risky at times playing from the back but if we are going to be better I have to trust them, that they can go to Celtic Park and do that, and that is the only way that they are going to get better," he said.

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