Celtic: Brendan Rodgers reveals a player's ban has helped both him and his teammate

Celtic: Brendan Rodgers reveals a player’s ban has helped both him and his teammate

Yang Hyun-Jun’s promising season at Celtic was abruptly halted after a red card incident against Hearts. However, Brendan Rodgers believes this setback could be the turning point for the forward’s resurgence in Glasgow. Despite his frustration with the officials over Yang’s dismissal for a high boot during the 2-0 loss to Hearts, Rodgers sees an opportunity for growth.

During Yang’s two-game suspension and international break, he has been working diligently behind the scenes. The South Korean international is now nearing peak fitness levels that Rodgers feels will propel him towards a strong finish to the season. With Celtic facing Livingston on Sunday in a crucial match for their title defense, all eyes are on Yang to deliver top-notch performances.

Rodgers praised Yang’s progress since joining from Gangwon last summer, highlighting his standout moments such as impressive wins over Aberdeen and Dundee. His development has continued despite disruptions like international duty at the Asian Cup and adapting to life halfway across the world.

The Parkhead manager emphasizes patience when integrating young players into new environments, acknowledging that critics often overlook or misunderstand this process. He remains confident in Yang’s ongoing improvements and potential impact on the team.

Kwon Hyeok-kyu, another South Korean recruit who arrived alongside Yang, has yet to make his mark at Celtic Park. Currently on loan at St Mirren, Kwon is gaining valuable experience which pleases Rodgers ahead of future decisions about his career trajectory.

As Scotland faces uncertainty regarding its automatic Champions League spot due to co-efficient rankings, Rodgers maintains focus on ensuring Celtic qualifies by any means necessary. Regardless of how they secure their place in Europe, it is imperative for Scottish teams to strive for better representation on the continental stage.

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