Champions League: Rodgers wants Celtic “to be stronger over the coming seasons”

Brendan Rodgers was in attendance at Celtic’s AGM earlier today and would have watched on as many supporters questioned the level of ambition at the club to succeed at European level. It’s been a constant source of discontent amongst the fanbase that we dominate domestically but fall well short of the required standard when we step up a gear.

This season so far, we have only managed a solitary point from our UEFA Champions League group stages campaign in the section with Atletico Madrid, Lazio and Feyenoord. The E section was thought to be a good opportunity to build on last season’s outing when we were paired with Real Madrid, alongside RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk.

After failing to capatilise in games where we had golden opportunities to win all three points, our naivety showed and we ended up finishing on just two points at the end of our travails. It’s looking more and more like a case of deja vu for the Bhoys as we have only managed to grab one point this year in a draw at home to Diego Simeone and his team. Only a trip to Rome and visit from Feyenoord remain this time out and it’s not looking bright.

Sky Sports Scotland caught up with Brendan Rodgers after the AGM today and whilst he is pragmatic of where we are in the pecking order of world football, he says the aim is to improve year-on-year. The boss insists too that experience can come in both the form of new signings and also gained from minutes at a higher level for players already in situ at the club.

Have a listen to the manager below…

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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