Glasgow : Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said his side still has room for improvement, despite their record-breaking unbeaten domestic run.

The champions, who take on Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday, are unbeaten in 69 games against Scottish opposition in a run that goes back to May 2016, and have found the net in every one of those matches.

However, Rodgers — whose side have only conceded 13 goals in 21 league games this season — has challenged his players to show progress in the defensive side of their game as well.

“Our identity as a team is to defend well first of all,” said Rodgers.

“And I think we can still be better on that front even though we’ve conceded less goals at this period of the season than we did last season.

“I still feel there are areas of that where we can be a little bit more synchronised in our work and our pressing, and the players are doing very well at it, but our demand is to be better in those moments.”

Celtic’s long unbeaten run has come under threat in recent weeks with Motherwell and Hibernian both running them close.

Rodgers admitted he was proud of his side’s never-say-die attitude as they look to successfully defend the treble the club won last season.

“We’ve got lots of goal threats in the team,” said Rodgers.

“They never leave the game early, so no matter what the scoreline is, they’re also going to be there for the duration of the game, and that’s something that we’re proud of.”
Rodgers also revealed he will be without Australian midfielder Tom Rogic for the Hearts clash after he was ruled out until January with a knee problem.

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