Celtic cult hero Paddy McCourt has revealed that he has loved watching the Hoops play since Brendan Rodgers took over at the club in 2016.
Rodgers has won a record haul of five trophies out of five since becoming Hoops boss, and the Bhoys have the chance of winning their second domestic treble in a row when they take on Motherwell in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday.
“I’ve always watched Celtic but even though we were still winning the league, like many fans it was getting a bit tedious,” McCourt said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“But the last couple of years I have really enjoyed watching them play again. The buzz is back and the most impressive thing is I could name five or six players who were struggling and looked on their way out but they’ve all been transformed under Brendan Rodgers into automatic first team picks.”
The Hoops seemed to be going nowhere fast under former boss Ronny Deila but as McCourt points out Rodgers has transformed the Bhoys in the last two seasons.
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People will probably have forgotten this, but the Hoops did seem in a bad place when Rodgers took over in May 2016. The Bhoys had just lost the Scottish Cup semi-final v Rangers, and Scott Brown in particular looked finished, as series of injuries looked to have taken their toll of him. What a difference two years makes though, as the Hoops are on the verge of a second successive domestic clean sweep and Brown was just named as Scotland’s player of the year. Rodgers will be hoping that no matter what happens against Motherwell the Hoops are able to keep their upwards trajectory and qualify for the Champions League group stages for the third season in a row, as it would give the Bhoys a platform to build on, as the success of the last two seasons has been built from the platform of Champions League qualification, as the money earned has allowed the Hoops to make some important signings.
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