The worst way to end a bad week was for a loose-mouthed agent to pitch up at Lennoxtown on Friday before setting off on a rant because Brendan Rodgers was not available to him at a time he wanted. We had a remarkable week of distractions in and around the dressing room. These things often correlate with a poor result.
Brendan would be pleased to get his players out of the country yesterday, giving him two days to focus the squad on the matter in hand – tomorrow night’s Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens. This is where the manager earns his money.
Only a unified squad will have a chance of getting the required result against AEK. The better players in the first leg against AEK were these settled at Celtic for the long-term – McGregor, Brown, Tierney, Ntcham, Forrest. Tactical conversations will be needed, but the first thing Brendan needs to infuse into the squad is a laser-like focus.