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Friday 22 September 2017

Rodgers: Celtic's greatest strength in its unity

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers feels the environment and unity at Celtic has given his players and himself the opportunity to improve during his first season in charge.

Rodgers collected the PFA Scotland manager of the year award on Sunday night after guiding Celtic through the domestic campaign unbeaten ahead of their final three league games and the William Hill Scottish Cup final.

The former Swansea and Liverpool boss found a club and a squad willing and able to move in the direction he wanted when he replaced Ronny Deila last summer, and the results have been outstanding as Celtic close in on what would be a fourth treble in their history.

“When you have to present a vision in terms of how you want to work, I think that’s important,” Rodgers said. “When you come into a football club, people have an idea of how you work because of your previous teams, but you still have to create the pathway for them.

“Then from that first day, it was really about putting that into action.

“Very important for us was that the club was very much one, both on the field and off the field, in every aspect, and that could give us the power and strength to go forward. Because Celtic is, I have said it before, one of the great iconic clubs, but the strength of Celtic is everyone together.

“If you can be together and move forward, and have good players and a good environment, that’s key to success.”

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