Celtic captain on ‘tactically brilliant’ Brendan Rodgers

Celtic captain, Callum McGregor has reflected on Celtic’s season and discusses the impact Brendan Rodgers has had upon the Celtic squad…

Callum McGregor and Joe Hart of Celtic lift the Cinch Scottish Premiership trophy during the match between Celtic FC v St Mirren at Celtic Park on May 18, 2024 (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Celtic after Ange Postecoglou

With the pressure now subsided following Celtic’s League Title and Scottish Cup win, Callum McGregor has reflected truthfully on the transition the Bhoys faced when Brendan Rodgers was reintroduced into the fold following Ange Postegolou’s exit from Paradise in favour of a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

As CalMac was one of the parties involved in bringing Brendan Rodgers back to Celtic, he has opened up on why he thinks Brendan was the right man for the job following Ange’s exit. According to Callum, Brendan brought a ‘tactical understanding’ to Celtic which helped the squad develop beyond the level that Ange had the Bhoys playing at.

‘We’re a young, exciting squad’

Speaking on SkySports, Callum gave his thoughts on Brendan’s impact on the Celtic squad this season…

“We’re a young, exciting squad that probably needed that next level of guidance to get us to where we wanted to be. I thought the manager would be the perfect guy for that.

“Ange when he came in, he totally transformed the club overnight. The feeling of the place was buzzing. The football was great, fast attacking football with young exciting players as well.

“I just felt the next level for us was having that real tactical understanding of why we were doing things on the pitch. The manager is the best I’ve seen at it.

Perfect transition

“The way he transformed our group the last time he came in – there was a real understanding of why we were doing certain things on the pitch, why we’re moving where we’re moving and really a bigger picture all the time about the game.

“I just thought this was going to be a perfect transition for what this group is. I think you can see now, the difference between when we attack and when we slow the game down to then speed it up again. That’s a big credit to the manager and his coaching staff as well.”

Callum McGregor and Brendan Rodgers embrace following the victory during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and theRangers at Celtic Park on May 11, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Ange’s exit coming after a big treble win, an air of unease was certainly apparent. Fear of the Hoops dropping their playing standard due to a turbulent transition or a possible drop in management was certainly in the mind of every Celtic fan.

So, Brendan’s reintroduction to Celtic certainty had a lot to live up to. With the season now concluded and Rodgers securing the double for Celtic, it’s fair to say CalMac’s assessment of the situation was correct.

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