Celtic legend Davie Hay has delivered his verdict on recent comments made by Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers, regarding the team’s current standing in Europe.
Rodgers claimed, as reported by the Evening Times, that the Hoops are still ‘miles away’ from the elite of European football.
But Hay feels that the Hoops boss might be trying to take some of the pressure off of his players before they begin their qualifying process for the Champions League in July.
“Brendan is trying to take a bit of pressure off his team by playing down their chances a bit” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“But there is no doubt that he will be looking to improve in the European arena, ensure that his team don’t make some of the same mistakes.
“But you have got to get through the qualifying rounds first. There is an extra one this year and they are never easy.”
Football Insider verdict
Was Brendan Rodgers being honest or giving his players a break with his comments? Probably a bit of both. Being honest, just getting to the Champions League group stage proper is usually such an ordeal for the Hoops that he is probably telling the truth, that the Hoops won’t be catching up with the cream of Europe any time soon. But that doesn’t mean that performances in Europe can’t improve should the Hoops reach the group stages. As Davie Hay says, the heavy defeats of the last two years can’t be repeated, or fans will start to lose their faith in the manger – in the European arena, at least. The Hoops boss no doubt watched on slightly envious as his former club Liverpool reached the Champions League final recently, knowing that that is never going to happen with the Hoops. But that is just the way football is now, the Hoops are where they are, and they should look to improve anyway.
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