Celtic news: Rodgers believes Guardiola has increased intensity

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27th Sep, 2016 | 3:50pm

Rodgers delivers verdict on Celtic opponents Manchester City

By Dominic Toner

Brendan Rodgers believes that Pep Guardiola has made a huge impact at Manchester City.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has enjoyed a fantastic start at the Etihad Stadium and currently boasts a 100 per cent winning record in all competitions.

Celtic host the English side on Wednesday night in a Champions League group game.

The Scottish champions suffered a crushing 7-0 defeat to Barcelona in their last European outing, with City cruising to a 4-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Rodgers has experience of playing against City during his Liverpool stint and feels they have improved drastically under Guardiola.

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“I have watched and worked against Man City over the past season,” said Rodgers on Monday, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “The level of their play has gone up since Pep has come in.

“The level and intensity of their game has gone up. When you have a top-class and world-class players working to that level they are a hard team to contain.”

Manchester City have won all six of their league matches this season and are clear leaders at the top of the Premier League.

Guardiola is well known for his achievements in management and his new team are beginning to match his high intensity style.

Celtic have also been in great form this season and have earned 16 points from their opening six games.

Rodgers has revealed that Craig Gordan will start against City after number one Dorus De Vries suffered an injury in Saturday’s 6-1 win against Kilmarnock.

In other Celtic team news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter to being drawn against Rangers in the League Cup.