Brendan Rodgers aiming to keep Celtic progressing in 2017

They are currently 19 points clear at the top of the league

BY Simon Maguire 21:14 Sunday 15 January 2017, 21:14 15 Jan 2017

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is aiming to build on a highly successful start to the 2016/17 campaign as the team return home after a spell of warm weather training.

The Scottish champions spent a couple of weeks in Dubai and speaking to Celtic View, the manager said: "When I got the schedule of games through in the summer, I felt this was going to be an important period for us, especially if we could progress in the way we have done – going all the way in the competitions and qualifying for the Champions League – this was going to be a real opportunity for us to press the reset button.”

“But ultimately we were here to work, taking some time to recuperate and getting closer as a group. I said when I came in that none of us will be asked to do more or less than each other, so collectively it’s vitally important that we are a team.

“Should we be successful it will be as a team and a squad and that’s been evident over the first six months. The squad has really come together and become very strong so we need to develop and grow that even more.

“The last six months of 2016 were a great period for us as a club and the supporters are happy which is important. The players are also happy and working well and we are gaining results and that’s what we are in the business to do.

“In 2017, we want more and we need to do better. We want to do better in improving the level of our game and looking to press and looking to progress and that’s something this early part of January allows us to do.”

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