By Matt Bullin
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has praised his rivals in Scotland for making him a better manager.
During his first season with the Hoops, Rodgers has already secured the Scottish Premiership title and the Scottish League Cup title, and he will be eyeing a treble with the Scottish Cup final versus Aberdeen on the horizon.
The Welshman has also guided the Bhoys to a 42 domestic game unbeaten run, which sees them sit 27 points clear at the top of the league.
Rodgers has also been shortlisted for, and is hot favourite to win the Scotland PFA’s Manager of the Year.
He is shortlisted alongside Derek McInnes, Alan Archibald and Jim Duffy, with the winner being announced on Sunday night.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Rodgers said of his rivals: “I’ve been impressed by a lot of the guys. They might not have the facilities and don’t have the money of the clubs down south but they manage to find a way to make it work.
“It would be wrong to single just one out. But coming to Scotland means I’m a better manager now than when I left Liverpool.
He continued: “It’s a different test up in Scotland but some of the coaches and managers I’ve met have been brilliant.
“All the tactics and the styles are all different but I’m a better manager for having dealt with that and I’ll be better still a year from now.”
Rodgers has also guided his side to five wins in six Old Firm derbies this term, and has masterminded two 5-1 wins over the Hoops’ bitter rivals.
Next up for Rodgers side is a home match with St. Johnstone on Saturday, where they will look to beat them for the fourth time this season.