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Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko explains Brendan Rodgers' coaching style

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses after the press conference

The Bhoys man says Rodgers has placed more of a focus on discipline and aggression, as well as allowing flair players freedom to shine.

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko

Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko has outlined just how Brendan Rodgers' style of football is different to what he is used to, telling the club's website that more of a focus has been placed on discipline.

Rodgers has begun his pre-season training with his new squad after taking over from Ronny Deila earlier this summer, and the Bhoys players are currently in Maribor preparing for the start of their Champions League qualifying campaign.

The former Liverpool and Swansea man's arrival has brought a fresh wave of optimism at Parkhead after the underwhelming final days of Deila's reign.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses after the press conference

Sviatchenko, a Danish international who joined the Hoops in January, clearly shares that excitement and has explained the differences between Rodgers' philosophy and most.

The 24-year-old told the club's website: "It’s really exciting. It’s a new way of coaching I haven’t been used to but it’s really something I like and I’m looking forward to getting to know it even better.

"It’s how I want to play football and it’s just about getting that fitness so we can play that way. It’s more disciplined and much more aggressive and higher in the pitch and it’s all about the individual skills as well.

Erik Sviatchenko celebrates after scoring the first goal for Celtic

"The manager talks about the players needing to flourish and do their thing in the last third, while the defensive players have their focus on getting the ball as quickly as possible."

Celtic supporters will be hoping that all of their players take to the new style as well as Sviatchenko has done ahead of arguably their most important season for years.

The Bhoys will be desperate to reaffirm their dominance over Scottish football in the wake of the return of their arch-rivals Rangers to the Premiership.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with the Scottish Premiership trophy after the press conference

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