Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Celtic will need to up their game next season to face a renewed challenge from Rangers under new manager Steven Gerrard.
Rodgers is confident though that the Hoops will be able to improve their game, as they have in almost all of the big games that they have played since Rodgers has been the Parkhead boss.
“I expect, whoever was in charge at Rangers, for it to be tougher,” Rodgers said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“That’s how football works. Each year it gets tougher, and that will be no different whether it was Steven or anyone else. The competition was always there and will be again next season. We have to improve again, which we will do both individually and as a team.”
The Rodgers-Gerrard dynamic is sure to be one of the big talking points of next season, as both men are familiar with each other, as Rodgers memorably managed a Gerrard captained Liverpool side who came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League in 2014.
Football Insider verdict
Rodgers might just be paying lip service with his comments about Gerrard and Rangers, but the Hoops will need to improve on their performances next season. This season they have dropped far too many points in the league, especially at home, and at times the football that they have played has been pedestrian at best. Perhaps a freshening up of the squad would help, as some players have been at the club for years now and it would be best for all concern if they moved on. Even though Aberdeen have finished in second place in the Scottish Premiership table for the last four seasons in a row, most people, including Rodgers, will see Rangers has the Hoops’ biggest challengers next season, and there is no doubt that the Hoops boss will taking the challenge that is to be lead by his former Liverpool captain very seriously.
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