Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers that Celtic will need to raise their game next season to face a rebirth challenge from Rangers under new boss Steven Gerrard.
The Hoops boss is confident though that Celtic will be above to improve their game, as they have in almost all of their games they have played since Rodgers has been the club’s manager.
The Northern Irishman said, as quoted by BBC Sport:
“I expect, whoever was in charge at Rangers, for it to be tougher,”
“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 v Gerrard in Scotland is sure to be one of the breath-taking encounter of next season, as both men are familiar with each other, and Rodgers memorably managed the former England international at Liverpool who came so close to winning the Premier League title in 2014.
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.