Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed he would not have left the club in the manner he did had the Hoops not been so far ahead of Rangers at the time, speaking on The Beautiful Game podcast.

Rodgers walked out in controversial circumstances last February with Celtic eight points clear at the top of the table.

Although a League Cup was already in the bag, Neil Lennon was required to come in and rescue our season, beating the Ibrox side to the Scottish Premiership and securing another treble with a Scottish Cup triumph.

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Rodgers now appears to be claiming that was an unassailable position, allowing him to pursue an exit to Leicester City ahead of the late season trophy rush guilt-free.

Speaking on The Beautiful Game Podcast, he said: “I felt strategically we had won the League Cup, we’re eight points clear in the league and the team is in a good position in the Scottish Cup as well.

“If it was one point, I couldn’t leave. But when I spoke with my staff and took the ultimate decision, the team was in a good place, there was a mentality now within the team and you feel the club will go on and win the Treble again.

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“Then I can come into Leicester where I can look at the team under pressure for ten games and then see how the players are and build something for the summer to take into this season.

“Listen, there will be fors and against that but ultimately you have to be unsentimental in football life because this is a business.”

The problem here is that Rodgers always sold his affinity for Celtic as a sentimental thing that he’d wanted for years and would cherish for years to come.

Even if he had left at the end of the season with the club in a more secure position, most people would have understood.

Regardless of what he’s said here, the fact is that he put the ‘treble treble’ at serious risk for the sake of a handful of games at Leicester.

Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers / (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

An eight-point lead in February is far from a sure thing, especially when the manager and his coaching staff walk out of the training ground with hardly any notice.

Something tells me that nothing would have gotten in the way of his exit and it’s absurd he is now trying to paint it as a decision which had no chance of harming Celtic.

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