Upturn in league form encourages Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers ahead of St Johnstone clash
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Upturn in league form encourages Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers ahead of St Johnstone clash

CELTIC manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side can draw strength from their recent response to adversity when they travel to McDiarmid Park to face St Johnstone this Sunday (5.30pm).

The Hoops have had a difficult start to the campaign and have already lost two league games against Hearts and Kilmarnock.

They also endured another shocker in Europe on Thursday night, crashing 3-1 away to Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League

Now the focus switches to domestic football once again and Rodgers will be looking to build on a morale-boosting 1-0 victory last time out against Aberdeen.

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Scott Brown and Scott Sinclair of Celtic during a training session at Lennoxtown Training Centre (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Highlighting the recent defensive improvement in the league, he said: “For us I think we have shown another side - that's seven clean sheets in eight games.

"Yep, okay, we have played a couple of years where it's been all singing, all dancing, lots of chances and goals and records.

"At times you also have to show resilience and a spirit. And until we get back to that, and I believe our movement and creativity is on the way back to where we want to be, you have got to win games and find a way to win.

"I think that game (Aberdeen) earlier on in the season could have been 0-0. We kept pushing and eventually we get the win, so I'm delighted for the players.”

The Hoops boss was also relieved to see Scott Sinclair back on the scoresheet last weekend and hopes that can be a catalysts for a glut of goals from the former Swansea and Manchester City star.

"There's no doubt players like Scotty really thrive on goals," Rodgers said. "I always try to reiterate it's very much more than that.

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"But there's no doubt coming into the game and making the impact that he has, and you saw in his celebration how happy he was and how happy the team are. It will do him the world of good."