Brendan Rodgers: We showed champion mentality


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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says his side showed “champion mentality” after they came back from behind to beat Rangers in the Old Firm derby at Ibrox on Sunday.

Rangers took the lead inside the first three minutes through Josh Windass, before Tom Rogic scored a sensational solo goal to make it 1-1.

The Gers then raced back in front thanks to Daniel Candeias before Moussa Dembele scored on the stroke of half-time.

Despite losing centre-back Jozo Simunovic to a red card, Celtic still grabbed all three points after Odsonne Edouard stepped off the bench to win the contest.

Sunday’s win ensured Celtic moved nine points clear of Rangers with a game in hand and Rodgers insists his side showed their champion qualities.

He told reporters: “You always have to have humility in your approach to the game and respect your opponent.

“There was a lot of noise before the game, but that’s natural – they’ve been on a good run and at home, thinking they could get the victory.

“But I think the players today showed their quality and that real champion mentality. It’s a big step for us to go nine points clear with a game in hand, but we still have a lot of work to do.

“An absolutely brilliant win and a great day for the supporters. I thought we thoroughly deserved to win. We made some mistakes in the first half defensively and went behind.

“But I thought once we played our football and played through them, then we created opportunities.”

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