The Celtic boss opened up about how hungry his Bhoys are to return to competitive football. He mentioned how the hoops game against Brechin City in the Scottish Cup games drag the Celts to live and not forgetting how much role the training camp in Dubai had set up the Bhoys perfectly for the second half of the season.
The Bhoys had their first training in a while at Lennox town following their return from Dubai’s training camp, and the Celts first opponent is Brechin City competing for the Scottish Cup, which will be taking place this weekend January 20.
While speaking to the press at Lennox town, Brendan Rodgers mentioned the grave importance behind the winter break, highlighting it’s a key propellant to the Bhoys finishing the season strong.
“For us having so many games in the first part of the season, the break came at a good time,” said the Hoops manager. “It was a long first part to the season so it was really good.
“It gave the players a chance to recover and rest but we had to work as well. The players trained very hard and it was a good chance to bond further as a team. Overall, it was a great trip and the facilities were very good, so it sets us up very well for the second half of the season.”
“I’m sure Brechin will provide a tough test for us,” he said. “When I watched the team I could see they’re certainly playing for their manager. They’ve got through to this stage of the competition so I’m sure they’ll look to make it really difficult for us. It’s up to us to have that professionalism and focus and get through the tie.
“They’re always tricky games. With the cup games, you always like to have a home game. It’s nice to have a home game and be back at playing at Celtic Park again.
“Every game we’ve played we’ve always tried to give it our all. That’s before the game even starts and it’s in our preparation. We’ve never been lazy on any opponent, no matter who they are, and Brechin will get the same respect as any other team. “