Brendan Rodgers Hails Celtic's Ability To Handle Pressure As League Title Secured

Rodgers is the best manager Celtic have had since Martin O'Neill and much like his fellow countryman he was quick to heap praise on others when, in truth, the Northern Irishman has been the driving force behind a season which could go down as one for the ages. However, within half an hour of Rodgers and his players celebrating with their supporters at Tynecastle, the 44-year-old stressed he was in no hurry to leave.

Celtic clinched their first piece of silverware under Rodgers' guidance when they won the League Cup after defeating Aberdeen in November.

Brendan Rodgers says his Scottish title-winning Celtic could compete with the Premier League's elite - but just how high could the Glasgow side finish in England's top flight?

Hat-trick hero Scott Sinclair was so distracted by the celebrations that he even missed the team coach as it left the ground. I've already worked in the [English] Premier League and I can not think of a better place for me to be at this stage of my life than Glasgow Celtic.

Rodgers said: "I am very content".

"I have only started in management, really".

"Sometimes with ambition you have to be careful, appreciate what you have".

Rodgers will be asked to do better in Europe next season but on the domestic front the Parkhead club can bank of more success.

"You get to a stage in your career where you've signed a contract and then you think about what you actually want out the game. Until that moment comes, which hopefully won't be for a while, I'm very content".

"In terms of how they compare to Premier League teams, I cover a fair amount of English games and right now I'd put Celtic at mid-table in the Premier League".

Rodgers was appointed the Celtic manager in the summer of 2016, and he has done a wonderful job so far. I am very lucky because I am one of them but I'm on the sidelines. Yeah, that's what I see it as - the beginning of the cycle.

"I had a similar player at Liverpool in Joe Allen and it wasn't probably until he went to the European Championships and got voted into the team of the tournament that people began to sit up and take a bit of notice of him".

  • Julie Sanders