Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers goes into a huge week for his club with a very unique problem: how to pick up the confidence of players who up until now hadn’t lost a domestic match under his management.
The Hoops manager is somewhat lucky that he has players like James Forrest and Scott Brown in his squad, who have experienced many ups and downs at Celtic Park.
But Rodgers must be concerned with the nature of the defeat, and the way the Bhoys just folded under the physical nature of Hearts’ play.
With the Bhoys set to play bottom of the table Partick Thistle on Wednesday night, it will be interesting to see how many changes Rodgers makes to his starting line-up.
Will he keep faith in the likes of Craig Gordon, Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata? All of whom have been heavily criticised since the defeat at Tynecastle.
What Rodgers may do is ‘rest’ some players for the game against Partick and bring them back for the top of the table clash against Aberdeen on Saturday.
That would be his way of showing that he still has confidence in the players that set the British record 69 domestic games without defeat, despite the hammering from Hearts.
Time will tell if that turns out to be a good idea or not but the upcoming week is set to be one of the most revealing since Brendan Rodgers took over at Celtic Park.
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