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Brendan Rodgers hit back at Kris Boyd yesterday as he denied the Kilmarnock striker’s assertion that there is “a divide in the Celtic dressing-room.”
The former Rangers forward spoke out after sitting on the Killie bench in the Hoops’ 2-1 defeat at Rugby Park on Sunday.
The back-to-back treble winners were left with 10 points from six Premiership games which confirmed their worst start to a league campaign in 20 years.
Before today’s cup quarter-final against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, Rodgers, who has won six competitions out of six since he arrived at Parkhead in 2016, was told of Boyd’s claim.
“Kris is probably best suited trying to get himself into the Kilmarnock team to get playing and we will concentrate on our own job in here,” the Northern Irishman said.
“When teams lose games the logic used to be and clearly still is, there is a split in the dressing room.
“Sometimes there is no plan B. That is another accusation. For us, we are very much unified as a club.
“We set such a high standard over these last couple of seasons. Yes, we haven’t started as well as we wanted in our season, but we are very much together.
“It is something I am very calm with, we have a blueprint which is very stable in terms of the way we play football and normally when we execute that which we have shown we have a winning strategy.
“Sometimes we won’t win games and we have to accept that.
“There is a bit of heat that comes with that but what is very important is that you stay calm and unified and that is very much what we are.”
Following the Killie defeat, which came through a last-gasp header from former Celtic youth defender Stuart Findlay, Rodgers admitted that the Hoops supporters should be alarmed at their side’s start to the season.
However, he moved to allay any fans’ fears about his commitment to the club.
“For me, I only gave that notion of them being alarmed purely because of how we’ve started the season and there should be nothing more than that,” the former Liverpool and Swansea boss added.
“The only message I can give them is that I am absolutely privileged to be here. I want to continue to be here.
“As a football club it is very unified. Yes, we haven’t had the start. Yes, we haven’t had the Champions League qualification, but I still love my work here, love the challenges here.
“This is our little period where it hasn’t gone quite well and this is where you show what you’re like as a team and how you respond as a manager and players.”
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