No regrets for Brendan Rodgers over changes as Celtic stall

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'Scott is suspended, Mikael Lustig has a niggle on his Achilles and we couldn't risk that and Olivier was ill and couldn't play.

Celtic extended their lead at the top of the table to nine points after a goalless and lacklustre draw against St Johnstone at Celtic Park. They will be fine for Thursday. He's fantastic manager and I am sure he walks away happy with a point.

Rangers fans were in a good mood after their side swept past Hamilton 5-3 on Sunday before Celtic dropped two points an hour later against St. Johnstone.

Mikael Lustig and Olivier Ntcham missed out through injury and illness respectively but should be available on Thursday night as Rodgers' squad take a 1-0 lead into the European return fixture in Russian Federation.

"To come through and captain the side on a day like this was a proud moment but we know we can play a lot better than that".

"Even if we had a full strength side it would have still been hard".

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Asked why the Perth club seemed capable of nullifying his side while struggling in the bottom six, Rodgers added: There's a question there for Tommy's players.

'But he's probably really frustrated.

Yet heading into Sunday's match they had won just one of their previous eight games since beating Rangers at Ibrox in December - against Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup. But Brendan Rodgers' side have dipped alarmingly in comparison to last season, with the home draw against St Johnstone on Saturday the latest disappointing performance from the reigning champions.

'The next big result is away at Celtic.

Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and St Johnstone.

"Today you've seen them organised, committed, fighting, running - doing all of that". The gaffer made a lot of changes after the game with Zenit. "We have had it against Rangers and Hibs but it hasn't been often enough. We had one at the start of the season here and not many teams are unbeaten after coming here twice", said Wright. But this performance should give the players confidence to kick on for the rest of the season.

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