Where Celtic boss Rodgers is weak and four other things we learned against Leipzig

By Connor Gordon

October 26, 2018

Following another defeat away in Europe, it is beginning to show that there are some weaknesses to Brendan Rodgers.

His man management skills left a lot to be desired going by his team selection against Leipzig.

More questions than answers with team selection

How he can play Jozo Simunovic, Cristian Gamboa, Eboue Kouassi, Lewis Morgan and Ryan Christie in a game of that magnitude is beyond me.

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Yes there were a host of injuries to the team and some had to play, but what does that say about his man management?

How can Rodgers not have any of them as first team regulars and then throw them to the bulls…literally.

What does that say to the players about their position in the team?

We have seen this 50 times before

Another thing we learned was that we have grown accustomed to conceding the same goals in Europe.

We could play so well up until a point but you can bet your mortgage on a fortunate bounce or deflection ending up at the foot of the scorer.

Celtic didn’t play badly for the first 30 minutes but nobody was surprised when an unfortunate deflection landed at Cunha.

Edouard has a lot to learn about being a European striker

Odsonne Edouard could have put us a goal ahead in fact but he held on to the ball for too long before releasing.

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This happened too much in the first half with the Frenchman dilly-dallying before giving the ball away.

Edouard was starved and as the game went on there was no outlet for getting the ball up the pitch.

Fitness and selection not one and the same

One noticeable introduction was the surprise inclusion of Gamboa over Mikael Lustig.

Gamboa’s feeble tackle and pulling up in the build-up to the first goal was bizarre.

However, this raised questions of his fitness as he was replaced by the Swede at half time.

Are we learning that Rodgers is willing to select players who aren’t fit?

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If so, why was Filip Benkovic on the bench and why did Jack Hendry replace another injured returnee, Simunovic?

Treble treble more important than Europa League

Finally, we learned that Rodgers was clearly looking ahead to Sunday rather than going to win against Leipzig.

In his team selection and the way he set out tactically it was more about getting through it without injury.

In doing so we lost two players who wouldn’t be playing on Sunday anyway.

The Europa League is gone in my opinion and eyes turn to the treble treble, even this early.

At the end of the season, we can judge Rodgers on his decision to go full steam ahead domestically.