Sport Rodgers not changing his preparation ahead of third Motherwell tie

19:36  01 december  2017
19:36  01 december  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Predicted Celtic XI vs Motherwell

  Predicted Celtic XI vs Motherwell Celtic will look bounce back from their midweek defeat in the Champions League and lift the first silverware of the season when they face Motherwell. Brendan Rodgers’ side will look to make it a fourth consecutive domestic trophy triumph and put their 7-1 lost to PSG on Wednesday firmly behind them. Motherwell have won four of their last six games under Stephen Robinson and will look for their first win in nearly two years against Celtic. The two sides advanced to the final with comfortable wins in the semi-final, as the Hoops won 4-2 against Hibernian while Motherwell eased past Rangers with a 2-0 win. When the sides last met just under a year ago, Celtic came from behind to edge out Motherwell in a seven goal thriller at Fir Park. Celtic Mikael Lustig went off injured inside 13 minutes in Paris on Wednesday night and will miss Sunday’s Cup final. Nir Bitton will undergo a late fitness test after picking up a knock in the midweek loss to PSG. Patrick Roberts travelled to Paris and is building up fitness as he recovers from a hamstring injury of his own and could return to the squad on Sunday. Erik Sviatchenko is fully fit but has yet to return to the squad and has fallen down the pecking order behind Nir Bitton in defence. Anthony Ralston remains out with a knee problem that has kept him out of action since the end of September. Motherwell The Steelmen have no injuries going into the game. Youngster Allan Campbell was rested at the weekend and could return to the starting line up having started in nine of his 12 appearances this season.

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says it’s business as usual for him as he prepares his side to face Motherwell for the third consecutive game.

The Sunday Post reports that the Scottish champions will not be using different methods in their preparations, despite it being the third time the two sides meet in the space of a week.

“Of course it is not the norm but there is no more or less preparation. We look at the game, we will do our analysis, we will study what the game was like on Wednesday and reference the game last weekend but really, looking forward to the game on Saturday to get the three points off them.”

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Celtic beat Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup final 2-0 last Sunday with James Forrest and Moussa Dembele scoring the goals to clinch the Hoops’ first trophy of the season.

Roberts: Celtic are keen to land unbeaten Double Treble

  Roberts: Celtic are keen to land unbeaten Double Treble After winning their first piece of silverware of the season by defeating Motherwell to win the League Cup, Celtic are on course to win a historic Double Treble of domestic trophies and do so by not losing a single game. Brendan Rodgers’ side won all three Scottish competitions last season without suffering a defeat and as we’re about to enter December, they’re on course to repeat their outstanding achievement. No team in the history of Scottish football has ever won back-to-back Trebles but Roberts says that the quality of players in the Celtic squad means that they’re more than capable of making history, but insists that everyone connected with the club will be taking things one game at a time. He said: “We have to believe and the manager believes in us. We will keep plugging away and moving on for the games. At the end of the year we can look back and hopefully we can do the same thing. You can see the quality in our side. You see the players who start and who are on the bench.” Celtic’s next game away to Motherwell on Wednesday night and The Steelmen will be keen for revenge after losing in the cup final, so Roberts and co. will need to be on their games to keep their magnificent run going.

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The two sides met again on Wednesday night, where they played out a 1-1 draw with Scott Sinclair scoring a late penalty to clinch a point for the visitors, maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.

Saturday’s game is at Celtic Park and Rodgers’ men will be hoping to extend their four-point lead at the top of the table.

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Rodgers pleased with Hoops performance despite Hibernian's comeback .
Brendan Rodgers spoke positively of his side’s performance despite having to settle for a share of the points at Easter Road this afternoon. A Scott Sinclair brace in the second-half seemed like it would be enough for the Hoops to see the game out, though a hectic five minutes in the latter stages saw Neil Lennon’s side battle back for a 2-2 draw. Former Celt Efe Ambrose got on the scoresheet, followed by substitute Oliver Shaw who fired in from close range. Rodgers was positive in his post-match interview, stating that his side played some good football though should’ve seen things through. Twitter: Celtic 2-2 Hibernian (10/12/17) @Scotty_Sinclair (@ReadCeltic) As quoted by Celtic’s official website, the Irishman said: “I thought we were very good today on the back of a tough game in midweek. We were 2-0 up going into the last 15-16 minutes of the game and we should have been probably four or five up.” “From our defensive pressure in the game, they didn’t really have anything against us. There was one in the first half where (Martin) Boyle got down the right and got a shot but, apart from that, we had great comfort in the game as a team and, 2-0 up with 15 minutes to go, it looks as though we could go on and get more goals. But we stopped passing the ball and we defended a corner not so well.


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