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Saturday Round-Up: Rodgers On The Stress Of Football Management

Also: Celts set to make a host of changes for today’s game?

Celtic v Aberdeen - William Hill Scottish Cup Final
Brendan Rodgers has spoken of the stresses of football managment
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THE BIG STORY: Brendan Rodgers has said that the stress of football management can be so severe that he feared he was going to have a heart attack after he lost his job as Liverpool manager. He has now discovered that the break he had before he got the Celtic job allowed him to change his mindset when it comes to football management.

Rodgers, publicising his new autobiography, also paid tribute to his parents, describing them as his ‘greatest inspiration’. The Celtic boss had a lot to say yesterday, revealing that he won’t stop Celtic players playing for Scotland, that Celtic approached him to be manager before Ronny Deila was sacked and that he feels sorry for now former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha.

OTHER NEWS: Celtic face Kilmarnock today at Celtic Park knowing that if we avoided defeat we equal the previous club record of 62 domestic games unbeaten, which Willie Maley’s side achieved between November 1915 and April 1917. Brendan Rodgers says that the team are ‘completely focused’ on the Kilmarnock game and no thought has been given to Tuesday’s match against Bayern Munich...which might be slightly untrue as according to reports we are set to make a host of changes from Wednesday night, with apparently young striker Michael Johnston and Kristoffer Ajer in for rare starts. You can read our match preview here, we’ll have match updates on Twitter and a match report up after the game.

ON THIS DAY: In 1995, a solo goal from Brian McLaughlin and a Pierre Van Hooijdonk penalty earned Celtic a 2-0 win over Aberdeen at Celtic Park.

In 1967 Celtic won the League Cup final for the third year running with a 5-3 win over Dundee at Celtic Park. Stevie Chalmers scored a brace, with John Hughes, Willie Wallace and Bobby Lennox getting the other goals. Match highlights are below.