Rodgers pinpoints key to Celtic success this season
By James Black
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes his players’ flexibility will be vital this season.
Rodgers has tinkered with his side tactically recently – utilising 4-2-3-1, 3-4-3 and 3-1-4-2 formations in recent week as he uses his squad to the maximum.
Goals from Tom Rogic, the returning Moussa Dembele and a James Forrest double eased Celtic past Ross County yesterday as they extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to two points.
The Hoops have had to use a host of players out of their natural positions so far this season and Rodgers praised their flexibility as he experiments tactically.
“I always look at the opponents,” Rodgers said to the Evening Telegraph.
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“I have been up here for a year and I have been able to see how teams set up.
“What is important is noting the flexibility of the players.
“They are going into all these systems that I am throwing at them.
“We play teams four/six times a year and of course Celtic always has to be dominant.
“It can never be stale. You never can be predictable and so having the flexibility to play the different systems that we do will hopefully make it challenging for the opponents each time we play.”
Celtic lined up with a 3-1-4-2 against Ross County yesterday – with Nir Bitton and Anthony Ralston played as central defenders – as the Scottish champions extended their unbeaten domestic run to 55 games.
Rodgers takes his side to Ibrox next weekend to face Rangers in the first Old Firm game of the season.
Celtic go into the game with a five-point gap over Rangers and a win for the Bhoys could put a huge dent in Rangers’ title ambitions after rebuilding their squad over the summer.
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