After a pulsating Boxing Day Victory against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, the wheels came off for Celtic on Saturday against bitter rivals Rangers.
Steven Gerrard’s men came out the blocks firing and Celtic just could not cope with Rangers’ performance. It was always going to be a tough ask to play two of the league’s toughest teams in consecutive away matches in such a short succession, but manager Brendan Rodgers would have surely thought that his side would have been able to cope.
The Northern Irishman made changes throughout his squad in order to keep them fresh but one man who started both games was 33-year-old Scott Brown.
However, the Celtic legend just could not keep up with the pace at Ibrox on Saturday and it was perhaps the first time that the midfielder had been exposed this season. Brown’s age became very apparent and it surely signified what many people have speculated for a long time.
The veteran simply cannot play two big games in quick succession and Rodgers had to find that out the hard way. He must now be rested and rotated more regularly to get the best out of him.
However, that certainly does not mean that the 55-cap Scotland international’s career at Celtic Park is coming to an end. He is still an instrumental figure at the club both on and off the pitch, who brings a huge amount of experience and grit to the side, but his age and physical condition must be taken into account.
Whether Rodgers sees it necessary to find a replacement for him to allow him to rotate his squad is yet to be seen, but this will now be something that the manager is aware of.
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