Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that the team isn’t playing as well as it did last season, despite being unbeaten for 68 games domestically.

The Bhoys have had to deal with a long injury list, a very busy schedule and a Champions League campaign, and Rodgers has revealed that standards have slipped in comparison to last year’s treble winning side.

As quoted by Celtic’s official website, the Hoops boss admitted that the defensive issues that the team have been having recently have irritated him.

“We still need to be better”, he said. “We’ve conceded more goals at this point in the season than what we had this time last season.

“We still have lots of improvements to make but you have to respect the other managers and players.”

The Celts threw away two points in their last league game, drawing 2-2 with Hibs at Easter Road despite being 2-0 ahead.

Despite Rodgers’ protestations, the Hoops did manage to retain the Betfred Cup after defeating Motherwell 2-0 in the final and seem on course to make it seven titles won in a row.

Celtic are next in Scottish Premiership action against Hamilton, and they’ll be looking to maintain the five point with lead – with a game in hand – they have at the top of league, ahead of nearest challengers Rangers and Aberdeen.

The month of December could go a long way in deciding the Scottish Premiership title race, as Celtic have home matches against both Aberdeen and Rangers in the weeks ahead.

In other Celtic news, Moussa Dembele is looking forward to the Europa League tie against Zenit

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