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Rodgers believes Hoops can feel the hand of history


By Ronnie Esplin

Brendan Rodgers recognises the focus in the eyes of his Celtic players as they prepare for what may be an historic season finale.

The Hoops resume the quest for their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title with a home game against bottom side Ross County today.

With the Betfred League Cup already in the bag and a William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park next month to look forward to, a second successive domestic treble is on the horizon and Rodgers believes his players are in the right frame of mind.

"We are moving into a real exciting period with nine, hopefully 10 games left with the league and Scottish Cup games," said the Ulsterman, whose side are 10 points clear of their Old Firm rivals at the top of the table with a game in hand.

"It is a real exciting period for us. The players are back and I can see it in their eyes."

Celtic are attempting to become the first team in Scottish football history to achieve back-to-back trebles.

"It was a similar feel this time last year. We know we are entering into the real business end of the season now," Rodgers said.

"We are in a great position in the league, in a cup semi-final and a wonderful opportunity to again re-write the history books.

"It is something we are very focused on but it will be a real collective.

"The supporters are going to be massive for us over this next couple of months.

"The support they give us is absolutely incredible and this well help drive us on. It is a real exciting time."

The Staggies are rooted at the bottom of the table under co-managers Stuart Kettlewell and Steven Ferguson who were put in charge until the end of the season following the departure of Owen Coyle earlier in the month.

However, Carnlough native Rodgers is taking nothing for granted although he concedes he can see the finishing line in the title race.

The former Liverpool and Swansea manager said: "Between now until the end of the season all the teams are fighting for different reasons and of course the teams that are fighting to stay in the league will always make it difficult.

"There has been another change of manager so we prepare for a tough game.

"There are a lot of exciting games ahead but our focus is on Ross County and looking to get three points.

"There is no denying that we are close.

"We have eight games to go, other teams have less. We are 10 points clear with a game in hand so we can't deny it is not too far away but you can only concentrate on your next game.

"We have three games this week and the first one will be a tough one like the other two."

Meanwhile, Scott Sinclair says he is determined to stay with Celtic, despite rumours he was on his way out of Parkhead.

"It was just speculation and maybe because I didn't play in the last couple of games - but I love this club and I love being here.

"This is why I chose to play for Celtic. I'm happy and enjoying my football.

"There's always going to be speculation, but I need to put my head down and get back to the form that I showed the fans last year.

"I have been to so many clubs and this is where I've been at my happiest. Leaving here would be out of the question. I want to be here for 10-in-a-row."

Celtic vs Ross County

Scottish Premiership

Parkhead, Today, 3pm

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