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Celtic Win Scottish Premiership Title: Brendan Rodgers’ ‘brave’ Return Has Paid Off, Says Chris Sutton

Brendan Rodgers’ “brave decision” to return to Celtic has paid off but he still has something to prove, says Chris Sutton.

Questions were asked when the Northern Irishman returned to Glasgow last summer to replace Ange Postecoglou, just over four years after he left the club for Leicester City.

After the initial League Cup disappointment, he has secured the Scottish Premiership title and could win the Scottish Cup when the Hoops face Rangers in the final on May 25.

Sutton, who won four league titles during his six-year spell at Celtic, believes Rodgers still has a lot of work to do despite proving many critics wrong.

“I don’t think it’s his best title win. The invincible season was incredible,” he said Sky Sports Pundit

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“I admire him. At the start of the season some Celtic fans were skeptical about his return and I understand that because of the way he left.”

“He was really brave to come back and he was brave to do that because things could have gone wrong this season.”

“The most important thing was to come back and win the league and he did that.”

“During the season Celtic had injury problems, never really replaced Jota, but in the end it’s about finishing first. With Brendan back, everything is pretty much settled.”

European influence

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 28: Kyogo Furuhashi of Celtic looks dejected after his shot on goal goes wide during a UEFA Champions League group stage match between SS Lazio and Celtic at Stadio Olimpico on November 28, 2023 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Celtic finished last in their Champions League group

After automatic qualification for the group stage, it was another disappointing Champions League season for Celtic.

With four defeats, one draw and a win against Feyenoord in their last game, they finished last in Group E.

Sutton insists Rodgers will know fans will have better expectations heading into the new-look competition next season.

“The fans want to see the team challenge European competition or do better,” he said.

“This season you have to say it was a disappointment. It was a pretty weak group that Celtic played in in the Champions League and finishing last was unacceptable.”

Luis Palma fired Celtic into the lead from the penalty spot
Celtic’s only Champions League win was against Feyenoord

“I think the club sat idle last season when they won the league. They had time to plan and were not ready for the Champions League.”

“Without being too negative, I think it was pretty much unforgivable.

“Celtic fans want to see their team competing in Europe again, so that will be the next challenge. The rest of this season is about making sure we win the Scottish Cup again.”

Cadre investment

Matt O'Riley celebrates after scoring the final score of 3-2 for Celtic
Matt O’Riley could leave Celtic this summer while Adam Idah’s loan deal ends

Many of Celtic’s new signings since Rodgers’ return have failed to make an impact, with fans demanding action to remain competitive in European competition.

While Sutton expects investment this summer, he also insists fans need to show some realism.

“First and foremost he needs to hold on to the best players – Matt O’Riley, Reo Hatate and Cameron Carter-Vickers. “I am sure there will be suitors and people will see them as outstanding players,” he said.

“I think Brendan Rodgers had some success with his recruitment last time here in the early days, with the likes of Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair coming in and it’s always important to try and be on the right side.”

“Ange Postecoglou had the advantage of knowing the J-League well and was very smart about the players he brought in and Celtic didn’t spend stupid money.”

“It is very, very difficult for Celtic and Rangers to compete in the transfer market. You can’t buy ready-made, tested, pre-existing players.”

“There is always an aspect to buying a development player, but Brendan has said he enjoys coaching and signing development players.”

“We have to be realistic. No matter how big a club Celtic is, that is their role model. But of course it’s also important to win and it’s important to become a better team in Europe. This season has been a disappointment in that regard, so let’s make progress.”

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