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13th Jan, 2018 | 10:42am

Brendon Rodgers delivers verdict on Celtic defence after renewed criticism

Brendon Rodgers has delivered his verdict on the Celtic defence amid suggestions from fans that the Hoops should sign a new centre-half.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun, Rodgers says that he hears far too often that the club need to get a new central defender, but the Northern Ireland born manager does not see it as a priority.
“I hear a lot of talk about ‘get a new centre half’. But defensively our team I think is very, very good — albeit we could always be better.”
The former Liverpool manager believes that the collective team attitude aids the Hoops in a defensive sense, and called on the whole team to work together,
“I think there is always a light shone around our central defence but we are a collective, we defend as a team and press as a team.”
Celtic’s defence completely imploded in the recent 4-0 loss to Hearts, ending their unbeaten streak. However since then the Hoops are yet to concede a goal in their four league games.
Those four clean sheet prove that Celtic have the best defence in the Scottish Premier League and have only conceded 15 goals – yet this is seemingly not enough for some fans.
A lot of the unrest comes with the expectations to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, but the Hoops did not achieve that feat with the world’s most expensive defender in their ranks, as Rodgers was quick to point out.
“Celtic didn’t qualify for the Champions League and they had Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer at centre-half. Who do people want Celtic to get? If we can’t qualify with those two,” Rodgers jokingly added.
The defence’s next test is the struggling Partick Thistle, where the Hoops will be hoping for a fifth consecutive clean sheet.
In other Celtic news, one Hoops midfielder is on the verge of signing for this Italian second tier team.
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