Shay Given says Celtic need to change the way they play
Dec 06 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Anderlecht now have a new coach and have risen to third in the Belgian top flight on the back of a good run of form; they top the form table in Belgium over the last nine league games with seven wins, one draw and one loss.
Armstrong has been a mainstay of the Celtic senior side under the charge of Rodgers and was one of their best players last term as they won the domestic treble without a single defeat.
"We knew what we had to do and had to dig deep at some point and we managed to get through to the Europa League and that was our aim at the start", he added.
'You have to see the game much quicker when you get to this level.
"But we have a lot of work to do at this level, but we can look forward to the Europa League in February".
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for his side after they secured qualification to the Europa League, despite slipping to a 1-0 defeat in their final Champions League Group C game at home to Anderlecht.
They drew two early saves from Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon and were the dominant in the first-half but couldn't press home their advantage after taking the lead.
'The context of the game probably affected our performance, especially in the first half, with Anderlecht having to chase the game to make up the goal difference.
'Midway through that first half had to change it tactically to try to stem the flow of the game but I was thankful to get in at 0-0 at half-time.
He thinks Rodgers needs a "plan B" from the "Celtic way" as his side struggle when they come up against more technically gifted sides. Maybe some of players felt they have a long way to go before they can call themselves players at this level. "We need to be better, but we've shown that we can be".
"We were fourth seeds coming into this group and we've managed to finish third".