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Why Rodgers’ work at Celtic can help the Scottish national side

Such is the imperious nature of their champagne campaign so far, the Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern can often be found dancing in delirious delight as they dream about potentially winning a treble during Brendan Rodgers’ first season in green and white.

With so much improving at Parkhead in such a short space of time, it would be easier for the Bhoys in the bar to merely focus on the silverware he lands, rather than the fact he is seemingly improving players on an individual basis. His work on the training pitch is so much more important than simply leading the Hoops to another league title, as with all due respect, Ronny Deila managed to do that.

Clearly, the ex-Liverpool chief is doing it in much more entertaining fashion, though improving what he already has at his disposal in the long-term can help the club reap rewards years after he departs. There’s also the fact he can introduce progressive new ways and ideas to players involved in the Scottish international setup.

For so long for the Tartan Army have stuck with a rigid 4-2-3-1 formation yielding little in the way of success, though the likes of Stuart Armstrong seem to be improving ten-fold and thoroughly enjoying a more complex way of playing. That’s not to say the two go hand-in-hand, as clearly Celtic largely dominate possession in a manner Scotland probably won’t in most games, but Rodgers’ work can certainly add another layer to Scots learning under him.

Perhaps it won’t lead to a radical change of fortunes for Gordan Strachan on the international stage, though considering the dire nature of his last few results, every little could help.

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