As reported by The Scottish Sun, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has defended his side against critics this season as the club look to secure a seventh successive league title this weekend.
The Hoops will win the Scottish Premiership if they defeat Hibernian at Easter Road tomorrow, which would be their fifth trophy since Rodgers arrived in Glasgow.
With the title almost a certainty regardless of tomorrow’s result, it means the Hoops are just one match away from a second successive domestic treble of trophies with Motherwell waiting in the Scottish Cup Final.
Ahead of the Hibs fixture, Rodgers has addressed criticism of his side this season, with many pointing out they’ve failed to reach the heights performance and results wise of last season’s historic campaign.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Hoops boss said:
I’ve got a brilliant group of players who are very honest and have great qualities. They came off the back of a historic season last year and that’s what they’ve been measured against this year.
Ok, we may have not have reached the heights consistently as that but there are other factors within that. People may talk about our football not being as quick, but I look at the weather conditions up here, and the pitches have been slower and heavier, so that’s obviously making it difficult as well.
If you’re assessing pure performances, there’s no doubt we’ve drawn more games but the players have been absolutely fantastic. They’ve played a lot of games, some very good games and some where we haven’t been so good, but what I always know is we always prepare well and give ourselves a chance to go and win games.
Can the Bhoys now win the league title in style on Saturday at Easter Road?
It was always going to be impossible for Celtic to emulate what they achieved in Brendan Rodgers debut season. Capitalising on the positive feeling that the manager brought into the club, the Hoops gave supporters a season to remember with blistering performances almost weekly and showing they were invincible, failing to lose a single domestic game.
It’s unfair to judge the Hoops against that record this term but there have been too many draws and the football in home matches has been particularly poor.
Still, winning another league title and subsequently the Scottish Cup would wash away all that criticism and have supporters celebrating into the summer once again.
Winning a treble for a second season in a row would be another historic achievement for the club, for Brendan Rodgers and his squad of players.