Brendan Rodgers says manner of victory most satisfying part of title success

In his first season in charge of Celtic, Brendan Rodgers helped the club to a sixth successive Scottish Premiership title

BY Cian Roche 15:35 Sunday 2 April 2017, 15:35 2 Apr 2017

Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

Brendan Rodgers insists that the manner in which Celtic clinched their sixth successive Scottish Premiership title this afternoon was the most important aspect of their victory.

The defending champions ran out 5-0 winners over Hearts at Tynecastle and the took a 27-point lead into the game before kick-off.

With still 10 games remaining in their season, Rodgers will now turn his attention to completing a domestic treble, with a semi-final against Rangers in the Scottish Cup on the horizon.

Speaking to Sky Sports after their victory, the Antrim native said that the manner in which they won the title this season was the most important part of their success.

"It's nice to clinch it of course but to play in the manner that we did is important for me," he said. "I always demand it, the performance. 

"I said to the players before the game, throughout the season how they've represented the club - Celtic is a club where professionalism is the hallmark - they've done so with dignity, pride and style.

"I felt that we started that journey here, back seven-odd months ago in the sunshine. We played well and got the win. It's a nice place for us to clinch it and to do so like we did is very important. It's a massive credit to the players."

Brendan Rodgers celebrates with his players after their 5-0 win at Hearts, securing a sixth successive Scottish Premiership title. Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

He brushed off any idea that he had made the team "more dominant" domestically, outlining that his goal for this season - and something which aided their title success - was player development.

"That's not for me to say. You've got to continue and fight everyday. For me, it's about winning the best way that you can. For me, that's about the football. It's about coming in and helping the players play in different systems. 

"The style will always be the same, that's synonymous with Celtic. You've got to play and you've got to be aggressive. Whether if that's to defend or attack, it's got to be collective to do it the best. 

"And over the course of the season, the guys have improved. Today, you could see their comfort playing in different shapes. It was a great victory for us and very well deserved."

 

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