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Brendan Rodgers shares what he told Celtic players at half time v Dundee

Celtic secured back-to-back wins in the Scottish Premiership after beating Dundee 7-1 at Parkhead on Wednesday night. 

For the first time this season, the Bhoys gave the impression of returning to their old best, the swagger that we saw in Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge.

The Bhoys came from behind to seal a 3-1 win against Motherwell in their previous game, and it seems like they have found a new sense of belief after that.

It was a stunning first-half display from the Bhoys where Cameron Carter-Vickers, Adam Idah, Matt O’Riley, Daizen Maeda, Greg Taylor, and Callum McGregor all netted.

Daniel Kelly, 18, scored his first senior goal for the Hoops before Michael Mellon bagged one late consolation for the visitors.

Rodgers revealed after the match that he told his players that they would be very disappointed if they return to the dressing room with the same scoreline after a frantic opening 45 minutes.

“And credit to the players too because I said to them at half-time if you come in at the end with the same scoreline you’ll be disappointed,” said Rodgers, as quoted by the Daily Record (printed edition, page 49).

“I told them, ‘If you don’t push physically then you’ll come back in with the same scoreline.’ But they created more opportunities in the second half and I was so pleased for the players.”

Encouraging signs from Celtic

The Bhoys were pretty flat in recent months and they now trail Rangers by two points. However, they are more than capable of returning to the summit if they win the next two Old Firm games.

The recent criticisms might have galvanised the squad. Celtic have dropped points at home against mediocre opposition this season, but Rodgers will be very happy with the response shown by his players.

It’s going to be a thrilling title race this season. Rangers came from behind to win 2-1 against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

For the second game in a row, Adam Idah scored for the Bhoys. Cameron Carter-Vickers has been a big miss through injury, but his return to the side couldn’t have come at a better time.

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