FORMER Celtic skipper Stephen McManus reckons his old team will hand out a few thrashings this season under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

The 33-year-old centre-half and his Motherwell team-mates were demolished in the League Cup confrontation in midweek when goals from Tom Rogic (2), Moussa Dembele (2) and Scott Sinclair helped the champions rack up an impressive 5-0 triumph.

McManus, who spent seven years at Parkhead before signing for his ex-Hoops gaffer Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough in 2010, said: “There is real disappointment about the result.

“However, we were up against a very good side firing on all cylinders. so we will dust ourselves down and go again.

“It was the hardest draw we could have got coming here. Celtic are capable of doing that to anyone.

“They are a completely different animal from what they were last season. That’s obviously down to the new manager coming in.

“It’s a difficult place to come. Celtic will be very good this season. I think a lot of opposition teams coming here will do worse than what we did.

“The tempo that Celtic are playing at, their positional play and the shape of their team out of possession make them very difficult to play against.

“That’s what you get when you bring in a top manager.”

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