CELTIC legend Tom Boyd is backing Brendan Rodgers to bring consistency to the club which can be the key to gaining entry to the Europe’s elite competition..
The former skipper, now a club ambassador, said: “Brendan’s first target will be to win the league and continue the run we are on.

“Obviously, he also has to try to get to the Champions League, which is a big stage for Celtic with the money it does bring in. That would be the second target.

“Other targets would be bonuses. First and foremost, it is about winning the league and getting through the qualification for the Champions League.

“Hopefully, the standard of football and the consistency levels of all the players will also improve – other than Leigh Griffiths and Kieran Tierney, who did ever so well last season.unspecified-24

“If the rest can come up to the standards of those two then I’m sure Celtic would certainly win the league next season and qualify for the Champions League.”

Boyd was entering into the final years of his playing career when Martin O’Neill arrived at Celtic in 2000.

The Irishman was able to entice top level players on top wages, but the modern-day equivalents of Chris Sutton, John Hartson and Neil Lennon are significantly out of Celtic’s reach now.

However, his ability to get players performing for him, of lifting a dressing room and of motivating players to give their all is a trait that various players who have worked under O’Neill have spoken of.

And Boyd believes that like O’Neill, Rodgers is a man who can get onto the training ground and improve the current squad that are at his disposal.

He added: “It’s about trying to get that consistency of performance over the course of a season and that will be part of Brendan’s remit.

“He can maybe do what Martin O’Neill did and make players better than they were before. You think back to guys like Bobby Petta. Maybe Brendan can do something similar.”
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