Celtic won 3-1 at Pittodrie on Sunday. The victory was not without its hitches but Matt O’Riley’s calm finish late on secured the three points.

So far this season, the champions have been in no way as fluid as they were in 2022/23 although Hoops ‘keeper Joe Hart admitted the transition will take time. The Englishman said (Sky Sports): “I think the manager’s made it clear he is here for a long time so you can’t just come in and snap your fingers and get someone to play the way you want them to play after we had such a clear way of playing for two years”

Brendan Rodgers
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Under previous manager Ange Postecoglou, the way Celtic played their football was coherent. Things have slightly altered under Rodgers but that doesn’t mean to say the Irishman will implement a negative style.

Indeed Hart praised Rodgers for what he is attempting to do: “The manager’s been superb since he’s come in with his messaging and look, we’re trying to play a really expansive, eye-catching way of football and it’s not easy, not everyone can do it but like I say we’re working on it.”

It is still early days in Rodgers’ second spell as Celtic gaffer. The 50-year-old has a long way to go but it will be hoped that his style of play will begin to take shape in matches soon.

Particularly at the back, things looked disorganised at times on Sunday but going forward, the Bhoys will only improve and eventually be tuned the way the two-time treble-winning gaffer wants them to be.


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