‘I believe we are better this year’ – Brendan Rodgers speaks to talkSPORT

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has warned Celtic’s rivals: We’ll be even better this season!The Hoops went the entire domestic campaign unbeaten in the Northern Irishman’s first year at the helm, winning the Premiership, Scottish Cup and League Cup.And, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT on Thursday, Rodgers said the signings the club have made this summer and the increased confidence in the camp has him convinced even greater things are around the corner.Celtic kick off their 2017-18 season against Linfield on Friday in a Champions League qualification clash and Rodgers told Jim White ahead of the game: “I believe we are better this year.“I look back and I think of the year we had and we grew and became better and better as the season went on and now, as we approach our first qualification game in the Champions League, where we are at today in relation to where we were at last year, is a big difference.“Also, the confidence the players have and we have brought in a few signings so far that really fit the profile of how we work. I expect them to do very well and add to the already good squad that we have.“It is our job to always look to improve and always look to develop. We had a year working and defining a way of playing and an identity within the team that the supporters really enjoyed and now we want to grow and develop that over the next two or three seasons.“Every manager and coach coming in over pre-season will want to improve and want to be better and we are no different, even after our achievements of last season.”Last season saw Celtic make it to the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2013-14.Having been unable to make it through to the knockout stage, Rodgers admits he is eager to make a bigger impact in the competition this term.He said: “Obviously we have to qualify for the Champions League and then the progression for us this season will be to be in European football into 2018. That will be the aim for this season.”Listen to the full talkSPORT interview with Brendan Rodgers abovelast_img

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