Brendan Rodgers blames one thing for Celtic's defeat to Hibernian

General photo of Celtic FC Manager Brendan Rodgers at Easter Road Stadium before the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road on December 16, 2018 in...

Hibernian fully deserved their victory over Celtic yesterday.

Manager of Celtic Brendan Rodgers looks on during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers spoke to reporters after his side's 2-0 defeat to Hibernian at Easter Road yesterday, and blamed the system that he employed for the poor result, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

The Hoops now sit in third position in the Scottish Premiership table, one point adrift of league leaders and bitter rivals Rangers, although they do have a game in hand over Steven Gerrard's side.

 

Rodgers' men seem to be nowhere near the levels they reached last season, and Celtic's recent from will be a real concern for the Northern Irishman.

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The Glasgow giants are aiming to win their eighth consecutive league title this season, and they will have to make real improvements, if they are to do just that.

Rodgers was forced to play a back three yesterday because of a lack of options, and his system was exposed by Hibs.

When speaking to reporters, Rodgers blamed the unfamiliar system for his side's defeat, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

Brendan Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers reacts during the UEFA Europe League Group B football match Salzburg v Celtic in Salzburg, Austria on October 4, 2018. (Photo by...

"The formation may well have had an effect. But I don't think it had anything to do with the goals. If we need someone to blame then blame the system - but that was the system because of the players we had available. We had to manufacture a way which we thought could get us a result. It's not what we've been for a few months, but we don't have the same players available."

Next up for Celtic is a home game against Motherwell on Wednesday night, and Rodgers will be desperate for his side to bounce back from their defeat yesterday.

The Hoops face four games in a 10 day period, so Rodgers will have to fully utilise his squad over the next couple of weeks.

General photo of Celtic FC Manager Brendan Rodgers at Easter Road Stadium before the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road on December 16, 2018 in...

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