Video: Rodgers not surprised by Celtic’s woeful display

Brendan Rodgers spoke to BBC Sport Scotland after the 2-0 defeat his team suffered at the hands of Hearts and revealed that the display didn’t surprise him. It’s a startling revelation from the Celtic manager and one that is an immediate concern as the the title credentials amongst this group as we have blown an eight-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Lawrence Shankland vies with Liam Scales of Celtic during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic  and Hearts at Celtic Park on December 16, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Today was just another in a steady decline in performances lately and despite that lift we got against Feyenoord the other evening, our domestic form is in freefall territory after that result today. The manager has got to really be getting better out of the group of players he has at his disposal and everyone understands the injury crisis which has hit the squad and laid up some of our key starters.

Nevertheless, he should be able to motivate and organise a team to beat Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park. The home form this year has been a major concern too, with many believing that the recent crisis we find ourselves in can be traced back to the banning of the Green Brigade by the Celtic heirarchy. This divide has certainly not helped anyone and a house divided cannot stand as we all know from previous experience.

 Lawrence Shankland of Hearts reacts after he scores the opening goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Hearts at Celtic Park Stadium on December 16, 2023.. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There is major questions hanging over the players and the manager right now, but moreso, the board of directors who have shamelessly let us sleepwalk right into another scandalous episode on the park. After the throwing away of the Ten-in-a-row season, everybody thought we had put that behind us and were set to change how we operated. It’s becoming more and more obvious that Ange Postecoglou and Frank Trimboli papered over the cracks for those two years.


Here’s the manager on that awful display…

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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