Rodgers On A Hat Trick Of Targets – Rock Sport

Manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he set his Celtic players three targets to achieve before the end of the year.

Rodgers wanted to seal Europa League qualification, a successful defence of the League Cup and a double-digit gap between his side and second place.

With the first two secured, Celtic aim to extend their five-point Premiership lead in games against Aberdeen, Dundee and Rangers before the winter break.

“There’s three targets really coming towards 30 December,” Rodgers said.

“I said to the players a number of weeks ago, if we could win the League Cup, if we could qualify for the Europa League, and if we have double-figure advantage by the time we arrive out of the winter break, then we’d have a brilliant season.

“OK, if we don’t get the double figures, as long as we get that gap, then that’ll represent an outstanding start by the players.

“That would be a great, great end to the year for us.”

Celtic retained the League Cup with a 2-0 final win over Motherwell in November and have a Europa League tie against Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in February after finishing third in their Champions League group.