Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that creating a new record would be a privilege to follow in the footsteps of the late and esteemed Willie Maley.

The Parkhead side can write their name back into the record books this weekend should they make it 63 domestic games unbeaten, a run of games that Rodgers believes his side deserve every credit for.

“In my time here we have created a lot of records and when you look back, it is the very first manager of Glasgow Celtic that set the record,” he observed.

“Willie Maley was at Celtic for 43 years. You are lucky to get 43 days now!

“Knowing he was the first manager and a Northern Ireland man from Newry - I’ve looked into his history - he was the guy who started it all rolling and put us all under pressure to win.

“It’s a club with immense history and Willie Maley was the pioneer.

“When you think of all the great managers, players and teams that have gone before us it’s fantastic the run we are on. In modern sport it is very difficult to have a run like this and our players deserve every credit.

“What we have always done is never be complacent when we have a good performance. We want to win after winning, which is very important.

“If we were to go and beat the record and put ourselves out there on our own it would be a huge achievement.

“Our stats have been phenomenal and that’s testament to the performances and consistency of the players.”