Friday, 17 August, 2018

Brendan Rodgers: second treble would beat the last one

Celtic news: Brendan Rodgers believes winning the treble would top invincible campaign Brendan Rodgers: second treble would beat the last one
Deanna Wagner | 01 April, 2018, 04:52

Brendan Rodgers feels Celtic are ready to "re-write the history books" by becoming the first team in Scottish history to achieve back-to-back trebles. "We know we are entering into the real business end of the season now", Rodgers said.

Brighton and Bournemouth were just two possible suitors for last season's Player of the Year who joined Celtic in a £3.5million transfer from Aston Villa in 2016.

"It was always going to be hard to recreate what we did a year ago", said the Celtic manager.

"His first game for us at Ibrox was a wonderful demonstration of personality, technique, composure under pressure plus he obviously makes saves".

'I set my standards so high, winning Player of the Year and as a team we won an Invincible Treble, so it was an unbelievable year and those are the standards everyone expects now.

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Both Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele, two key figures in Celtic's success last season have struggled to reach similar heights this time around. On the back of the recovery the players had which was minimum, it was probably impossible to recreate that.

"We are moving into a real exciting period with nine, hopefully 10 games left with the league and Scottish Cup games", said the Northern Irishman. "Even if we did exactly the same this year, it probably wouldn't have had the same feeling as last year. But..."

But after a poor performance in the goalless draw against Motherwell before the global break, Brendan Rodgers should consider putting Edouard on the bench, particularly as Leigh Griffiths is once again fit. I'm happy and enjoying my football.

He said: "Scott is very important to what we do".

"But this is a period of the season he loves". Griffiths should be the slight favourite as he has such a good record against the Ibrox side, but that doesn't mean that Edouard can't play a big part in the game, perhaps from off the bench again. "He is here for the run-in".