Brendan Rodgers delivers verdict on Celtic defence in win v Hibernian
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that his team’s defensive display was the bedrock of Celtic’s 1-0 victory over Hibernian at Parkhead on Saturday.
Rodgers changed his system to a back three after some recent poor defensive displays, with Jozo Simunovic returning and partnering Kristoffer Ajer and Dedryck Boyata in defence.
The new system work, as the Hoops kept a clean sheet and won the three points thanks to Leigh Griffiths’ goal.
After the game, Rodgers spoke highly of his defenders.
“I felt that if we could defend well we would have a great chance of winning the game,” Rodgers said, as quoted by The National.
“We played well in the other games but at times haven’t defended well. And that was how it turned out.”
The victory came at a cost though, thanks to injuries suffered by Leigh Griffiths and Craig Gordon, both of whom could be facing significant time out of the side.
The injuries could see Rodgers move into the transfer market to deal with the goalkeeping situation, as Dorus de Vries is currently the only senior fit goalkeeper at the club.
The Bhoys are currently 11 points clear of Rangers and Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership table following the win over Hibernian.
They have the chance to increase their lead at the top of the table in their next league game, against Hearts on Tuesday.
The game will see the Hoops aiming for revenge against the only team to have defeated them in the Premiership this season.
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