Unhappy Brendan Rodgers responds to Celtic critics

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When Brendan Rodgers returned for a second spell as Celtic manager, the Hoops were expected to cruise their way to the league title once again, especially after the start to the season. But there have been stumbling blocks along the way and even calls for the Northern Irishman to be shown the exit door at times. Yet, with two games to go, the Hoops find themselves on the verge of another league triumph.

Following their 2-1 win against the Rangers at Celtic Park in the recent Glasgow Derby, the club now sit six points clear in the league with two games to go. They need just one more point, maybe not even that.

There is also the Scottish Cup final to be played later this month. And Celtic will surely have a psychological edge over the Rangers on that day, having been in the better team in all four Glasgow Derbies this season so far.

Rodgers took this opportunity to respond to the critics since his return to Glasgow in the summer. As reported by Sky Sports, the Celtic manager said:

"So, from a personal level, I have been treated like a novice since I've come back here. Like it's my first job.

"However, my principle objective is to make sure Celtic win. Part of that is a part of the criticism and I understand that."

Unhappy Brendan Rodgers responds to Celtic critics

The job is not over just yet. Someone as experienced as Rodgers will know that very well. Celtic will surely be looking to make sure that the league title is mathematically secured in the very next game, which is an away trip to Rugby Park to take on Kilmarnock.

Of course, some fans will have half an eye on the Scottish Cup final as well. The league title win is always the sweetest, but doing the double is even sweeter if that makes sense.

Many might already be thinking about the summer transfer window as well. Winning the league title would make sure that Rodgers is the manager moving forward and the Northern Irishman will surely want to improve his squad. One cannot ignore that Celtic have a lot of room for improvement and they have been nowhere near their best this season.