By support

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers launches staunch defence of Scottish football

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has defended the standard of Scottish football and slammed those that criticise both the league and the Hoops in particular.

The Hoops’ achievements have never been taken that seriously in England, with even the British domestic record of 69 matches without defeat greeted with a shrug.

But Rodgers has fired back and defended both Scottish football and praised the managers in the Scottish Premiership.

“I think the league is very competitive,” Rodgers said during an appearance on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on TalkSport.

“There are really good coaches up here, Scotland as a whole has always produced outstanding players and coaches as well.

“When I came up here, the standard I wanted to accept was for Celtic.  At Celtic we try to set our own standard and that’s to be the best we can be.”

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Rodgers has done a superb job in his two seasons in Glasgow, and has the Hoops on the verge of a second successive domestic treble, as they face Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final with the Betfred Cup already won and the league title all but clinched.

Football Insider verdict

Fans will be delighted with Rodgers’ comments, as Scottish football does seem to get a bad wrap at times, especially in England. But the standard of manager in the league is improving, you only need to look at the achievements of Steve Clarke with Kilmarnock to show that talent is willing to come to Scotland, both Clarke and Rodgers could easily get jobs in England when they decide to leave Scotland. The Old Firm clash is also far more exciting that most of the games played in the Premier League, who would no doubt love to have two massive clubs with huge fanbases playing down south.

In other Celtic news, Moussa Dembele is likely to start the Scottish Cup semi-final

Don’t miss out on breaking and exclusive Celtic news by clicking here for our brilliant 24/7 updates on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.