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Celtic extend Scottish Premiership lead

Press Association logoPress Association 26/01/2017

Manager Brendan Rodgers paid tribute to his Celtic players after they matched the Lisbon Lions' unbeaten domestic run with a 1-0 win over St Johnstone.

Jock Stein's all-conquering Hoops side of 1967 went 26 games without defeat in Scotland at the start of the season which saw them win which every competition they played in including the European Cup.

That was equalled by the Scottish Premiership leaders at Parkhead as defender Dedryck Boyata headed in a Stuart Armstrong corner in the second half with a goal that took the champions 22 points clear of Rangers at the top of the table.

"It is a huge honour and huge testament to them and how they have worked on day-to-day basis and how committed they have been in what we are trying to do," Rodgers said.

"If you think it was 50 years since it was set and you think of the great players and manager who have been at the club.

"It shows you how difficult it is to achieve so for these players to do it, a big congratulations to them."

Rodgers then told Chelsea they would be wasting their time bidding for Craig Gordon.

The Hoops and Scotland keeper, who had a spell in England with Sunderland, was reported to be of interest to the Stamford Bridge club but the Northern Irishman said: "If it is the case then of course we don't want to sell him."

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