Brendan Rodgers slammed criticism of Celtic & himself after leading them to the Scottish Gas Scottish Cup quarter-finals.
Despite leading the cinch Premiership by three points ahead of Old Firm rivals Rangers, criticism rains down on the Parkhead boss. Critics target both the Hoops’ current style of play and the recruitment decisions made this season.
Injuries sidelined defenders Alistair Johnston, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and Greg Taylor, leaving the holders short-handed. Japanese duo Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda secured a home quarter-final tie against Livingston by scoring against a determined home side.
Rodgers, who came back to Celtic Park for a second stint over the summer after Ange Postecoglou’s departure to Tottenham, pointed out that the Hoops have now secured eight wins and a draw in nine games. It’s hard to interpret this as any kind of crisis.
Rodgers said: “It’s obviously (a narrative that’s) been created outside.
“But I don’t expect anything less to be honest. We just focus on ourselves.
“We are a winning club. When you’ve won consistently over a number of years, people will look to jump on you and bring us down – and bring me down.
Rodgers also added: “I am here to win. For sure we will have our day, and have many days going forward.
“We’ll get our influential players back and the squad will be very strong to the end of the season. We’ll continue to fight.
“We just have to prove a point to ourselves and our supporters. I think that’s always the best attitude. You are always looking to prove a point.
“It’s a part of the world where there is a lot of noise – and this year in particular when it (Celtic’s play) maybe hasn’t been as fluent,” Rodgers said.