Brendan Rodgers keen to maintain run


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Brendan Rodgers hopes Celtic can hit the ground running when they head to St Mirren on Friday night in their first fixture since the international break.

The Parkhead club claimed a 1-0 Glasgow derby victory over Rangers in their last outing and Rodgers was delighted with the Old Firm success.

Celtic have five fixtures in the remainder of September, including a Europa League meeting with Rosenborg and a League Cup clash with St Johnstone, and Rodgers feels it is vital his side pick up as many wins as possible over the next few weeks.

He said: “I normally use a few days of the international break to reflect on the previous round of games.

It’s been nearly three months so it’s been such a busy period. I like to have thinking time to go away and take stock of everything that’s gone on.

“When you’re trying to be creative as a manager you need that time to reflect. I try to take that opportunity to do that when possible.

“We still have a group of players who have still been here working. We’ve all met up now and we’re preparing for our next batch of seven games inside four weeks.”

Celtic are 2.38 to beat St Mirren with a -2 handicap and 9.50 to win 4-0.

The Hoops are in a tough-looking Europa League Group B, with RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg completing the group.

Celtic are 4.50 to win Group B and 67.00 to win the Europa League outright.

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