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Rogne: Talk is cheap but we can still catch Rangers

THOMAS ROGNE admits action speaks louder than words but insists Celtic are capable of catching Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers.

The goalless draw against Hibernian at Parkhead on Saturday left Celtic 12 points behind Rangers at the top of the league and three behind second-placed Motherwell, who have a game in hand over both clubs.

The Norway U21 defender, who has recently returned to first-team action, refuted the notion that the title race was over but accepted that he, like his Hoops team-mates, needed to back such a statement up with action on the pitch.

"It is just November so there is a long way to go," he said. "We are behind in the league but we believe we can overturn it and everyone is determined to do that.

"I can stand here, though, and talk to you about every player wanting to turn it around but we have to show it on the pitch.

"There have been lots of problems, it is not easy to say exactly what is wrong.

"But we have to step our game up and be united as a group as we have been and believe in ourselves."

Rogne was at Hampden yesterday to see Celtic paired with Falkirk in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final draw, with Kilmarnock drawn against Ayrshire neighbours Ayr United.

The 21-year-old is glad to be back in action despite returning during such a difficult time.

"I played three games last week and I feel good," he said.

"I got injured in the first day of pre-season in Australia and I lost six weeks. There's nothing you can do but work hard to get back.

"You always want to play and now I have the chance to play.

"The team is struggling a little bit but I have to deal with that.

"It might have been easier (if the team had been playing better) but football is not easy, it is hard work.

"The defence has been changing quite a lot, there have been a few injuries and we have been unlucky with that.

"Hopefully we can settle a bit and keep clean sheets."