“We need to add quality, that’s the glaring thing that stands out,” Brendan Rodgers

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It sounded like Celtic TV were gaslighting the Celtic support with the positive spin on their questions to both Callum McGregor and Brendan Rodgers after Celtic’s away campaign in this season’s Champions League came to an end without scoring a single goal on our travels to Netherlands, Spain and Italy.

For context Celtic last season scored in all three away games in what was a tougher group, so let that sink in. Listen to Brendan Rodgers in the media conference pointing out that this team tied their best and gave their all but ultimately it’s all about added quality because that is what’s graringly obvious to the Celtic manager.

“We need to add quality… that’s the glaring thing that stands out really within this squad,” Brendan pointed out, adding that it’s vital he adds more “genuine quality” to his Celtic squad after being knocked out of European football for the season.

“For a club like ourselves operating at this level, we need to have the strongest squad available for this level. You need to have quality. You can’t criticise the players but we need that bit of quality at this level” Brendan Rodgers 

Meanwhile well away from reality over on Celtic TV the questions were so positive that it left Brendan slightly bemused. He did his best though.

“We’re very disappointed, I thought we managed the game well. In the first half we were slow with our passes that were too safe but there were still one or two opportunities, but we didn’t keep the ball well enough high enough up the pitch,” the Celtic manager admitted.

“In the second half we were much better. We progressed the game through and as the game wore on, we looked the stronger team arriving at the last 20 minutes. We started to get into some really good positions and it looked like a really good away performance, but we gave away two disappointing goals really.

“The first one we were in a great position on the pitch and then we didn’t recover back in. The guy gets a lucky deflection and it goes into Immobile’s path and he does what he’s done all his career and finishes. The second one we’ve got to be stronger and all of a sudden the game is away from us.”

Watch the Celtic TV interview below.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk


  1. Better quality players and better quality manager is needed. Its nearly Christmas and we still don’t have any shape or looking like putting a run of wins together. We were treble winners last season playing some really attractive football at the same time, can we say that now?

  2. How many times has this been said,he said it the first time he was manager and now several times again.we will get the same response from the board,silence and no action,half these directors should resign if they have the club’s interest at heart.