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Celtic beat Aberdeen as Rangers slip up at home to Kilmarnock

Rangers Ryan Jack (centre) is sent off during the Scottish Premiership match against Kilmarnock at Ibrox
By Ronnie Esplin, Press Association Sport

Ladbrokes Premiership: Aberdeen 0 Celtic 3

BOSS Brendan Rodgers turned his attention to Celtic's next possible record after a commanding 3-0 win over Ladbrokes Premiership title rivals Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Left-back Kieran Tierney opened the scoring with a thunderous strike before returning striker Moussa Dembele bagged a brace to take the visitors three points clear of their hosts at the top of the table and extend their unbeaten domestic run to 61 games.

The Hoops moved to within 90 minutes of equalling their own British domestic unbeaten record of 62 games from Willie Maley's side of 100 years ago, which can be achieved against Kilmarnock at home on Saturday.

Rodgers said: "I wasn't aware of that. We've always focused. The only time this was mentioned was when the record was 26 and there was a bit at 23, 24 and could we beat it.

"Once we got over the line we focused on the next game. To have no complacency and to win.

"That's what they've done. It's an incredible credit to the players and staff for the mentality to work like that.

"We come back in the early hours from games and they want to work the next day.

"I give them a free day but they come in. It tells you about the winning mentality and how hard they're working."

Rodgers claimed his side put on a "wonderful demonstration of football" in what was a one-sided encounter.

He said: "We played well in lots of games but of course there was a big focus on this game.

"The level of football, the football ideas, the composure to play in a top of the table clash against a very good team that Derek McInnes has put together, to play to that level and to see Scottish players playing with that quality and understanding was pleasing.

"At 3-0 we should have scored more but how we defended and how we pressed, it was a wonderful demonstration of football.

"I have been pleased with the mentality in the big games.

"Every game is a big game for Celtic but when you come away to a place like this, you have to show you are a big team and you have to play like a big team and I thought we did that."

Ladbrokes Premiership: Rangers 1 Kilmarnock 1

PEDRO Caixinha insisted he was still the man to take Rangers forward after they threw away an injury-time lead against Kilmarnock in a chaotic finale at Ibrox.

With Rangers leading through Jason Holt's 44th-minute strike and about to take a penalty, Ryan Jack received his third red card of the season following a clash with former Ibrox defender Kirk Broadfoot.

Daniel Candeias saw his much-delayed spot-kick saved by Jamie MacDonald and Killie went straight up the park and levelled through another former Gers player, Chris Burke.

Caixinha had demanded a winning response after accusing his players of "embarrassing" the club in Sunday's Betfred Cup semi-final defeat by Motherwell, but he was more lenient in his analysis after they slipped below the Steelmen into fourth place in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The Portuguese sat just behind chairman Dave King as he served a one-match ban following his Hampden dismissal and later claimed he was not worried about his job.

"No, I am just worried about getting in in the morning and doing my very best and keep looking forward as usual," he said.

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