Brendan Rodgers publicly names his biggest frustration at Celtic

Celtic v Livingston - Scottish Cup
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It is safe to say that things have not turned out as most would have expected when Celtic brought back Brendan Rodgers in the summer for a second run as the club's manager. With Ange Postecoglou leaving for Tottenham Hotspur, the Northern Irishman was viewed as the best option available.

Rodgers had a proven track record in Scotland, having won seven trophies and a couple of trebles his first time around at Celtic. The fact that he was a free agent, after being shown the exit door by Leicester City last season, also worked in the Hoops' favour.

The theory that Rodgers was the best option available for the club has been put into major doubt though, owing to their performances and results this season. In fact, it is possible that he could be sacked in the summer if the club finish the campaign trophyless.

Admittedly, there are things that Rodgers has gotten wrong since returning to Celtic Park. But there have been many other problems which have been out of his control. Perhaps the biggest of them is the club's injury problems.

Rodgers publicly names his biggest frustration at Celtic

As a result of injuries, at no point in the season has Rodgers had his best team available to him. And clearly, the manager is not happy about that. As reported by 67 Hail Hail, he said on Celtic TV:

"The biggest frustration has just been the inability to put out the strongest team.

“It’s just felt, from the very beginning, you want to have your best players available, put them on the pitch, in order to showcase the best possible football you can play because you play for the supporters, and that’s who we want to entertain.

“That’s been the biggest frustration, that constant inability to be able to do that."

Key players like Cameron Carter-Vickers and Reo Hatate have been dealing with fitness issues all season. Unsurprisingly, that has weakened both Celtic's defence and their midfield.

At the same time though, one cannot ignore the fact that Rodgers has failed to get the best out of those who have been available. Kyogo Furuhashi is a prime example of that, who has gone from the best striker in Scotland to a mediocre player in the new system.