Brown on how Rodgers could add 'years' to his Celtic career

In doing so they moved on to 103 points, equalling a record set by Martin O'Neill's Celtic title-winning side of 2001-02, which also brought 33 wins, a feat which was also matched in their latest victory.

Only Hearts now stand between Celtic and an unbeaten league season as the champions eased past Partick Thistle 5-0, with two-goal Patrick Roberts the tormentor-in-chief.

They are also just one game away from completing an unbeaten season and becoming the SPL's "Invincibles".

Celtic have already launched a new kit, which honours the 1967 Kings of Europe.

The Celtic striker threw a strop when he was substituted against Partick Thistle at Firhill on Thursday to be replaced by Scott Sinclair.

But the Celtic manager, who planted a kiss on the errant hitman's cheek at the final whistle, is adamant a text message from the player on Friday helped remove any lingering friction ahead of the visit of Hearts on Sunday. "I can't fault him in any aspect of his performance levels", Rodgers said.

Indeed he can think himself lucky to be afforded a second chance by a manger who learnt the hard way at Liverpool regarding players acting up. He just needed a wee reminder that is not about him or any individual.

Rangers fans will be glad to see the end of what has been a disappointing first season back in the Scottish top flight. We go one behind in the record for goals, so we have got everything to play for.

"Having it for long periods, tiring out the opponents, playing high-level technical football, recovering the ball really well and then having that ruthless simplicity to score and keep that concentration from first minute to last".

"Whatever era it is, whatever league, it's all relative and for us it's been a brilliant team performance up until now".

Thistle manager Alan Archibald said his side contributed to their own defeat.

"He was outstanding but he understood afterwards that I needed to protect him as the only fit striker at the moment".

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