'Breaks the cycle' - Rodgers explains how he can improve Celtic defence in Dubai
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will use the club’s trip to Dubai to work on the defensive problems which have at times blighted the first-half of the season.
The Hoops headed into their winter break of the back of five clean sheets, but only after a 4-0 defeat to Hearts and some heavy losses in the Champions League.
Rodgers has found it difficult to find a settled backline this season and this process will continue with new centre-back Marvin Compper having just joined the club from Leipzig.
“This trip away allows us to reflect as a staff – and also to impose some of our ways, especially our defensive principles”, he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The players will benefit from a bit of sun on their backs. That’s the case in life, not just football.
“So this breaks the cycle. The players have had a week away with their families but we will work hard over there in a different climate.”
The first-half of the season has provided to be a mixed back so far for the Scottish champions.
The Bhoys reached the lucrative Champions League group stages, and after suffering some heavy defeats managed to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League in a tie against Zenit in February.
The Hoops retained their Betfred Cup and look set to make it seven titles in a row, as they lead second placed Aberdeen by eight points.
Some players – Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair and Jozo Simunovic the most prominent – have failed to live up to their form of last season but this been matched by some great performances from the likes of James Forrest and Kristoffer Ajer.
In other Celtic news, Kundai Benyu has joined Oldham on loan
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