BRENDAN RODGERS reckons the English FA should copy Scotland’s approach to solve the problem of fixture congestion.

Sides across the border are approaching the hectic festive period and the amount of games in such a short period of time has regularly been cited as a reason for the lack of success England have enjoyed at international level.

Celtic boss Rodgers believes believes the Carabao Cup should be completed before Christmas, just like the Betfred League Cup.

He said: “I think it works very well up here. If I was working in England, I would be looking at what they do up here.

“If the Carabao Cup was slotted in before Christmas, I think it would work very well.

“That would allow you to still play yor Christmas games and then start the FA Cup a few weeks later.

“It’s also the quality of the football. It’s very difficult to ask the players to play with the same intensity with two games in three days.

“Sometimes the level will suffer.”


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