Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has highlighted the importance of his entire squad following the midweek draw with Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League, where the Northern Irish boss was forced to make a wealth of changes.
Injury problems in defence saw Emilio Izaguirre and Cristian Gamboa come into the side, whilst Mikael Lustig was moved into the centre of defence as cover for the absentees.
The reshuffle at the back did not affect Celtic’s performance, though, and they sealed an impressive 1-1 draw in Germany, which gives the side added confidence heading into this weekend’s Scottish Premiership clash with Inverness.
Speaking ahead of the latest domestic fixture, Rodgers identified the importance of having a competitive squad available and having plenty of options to call upon.
“The nature of how we work is based on the collective. You need your top players and you want them available for as many games as you possibly can, but we can never rely just on one individual.
“This has to be about the team, the team’s function is based on each player in the position with and without the ball and everyone working at an intense level. That’s why we have a squad.”
With a strong mix of young talents and experienced heads, Celtic have looked unstoppable on the home front and are enjoying their best start to a domestic season for over a decade, whilst they still have a chance of advancing in Europe.
The first silverware of the season is also available for Celtic after the international break in the form of the Scottish League Cup – it would take a brave man to bet against Rodgers’ side getting their hands on the trophy.