Brendan Rodgers' commitment to the club is exactly what it needed

By David Walton

August 12, 2018

After a tough week for Celtic, manager Brendan Rodgers’ comments about staying are a big morale boost.

The Northern Irishman has had his future questioned after a tough week for the club.

The failure to sign up John McGinn from Hibernian seemed to anger Rodgers, who came out and criticised Celtic’s approach to the player.

This was then followed up by a disappointing 1-1 home draw to AEK Athens, before a dreadful 1-0 away defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle.

Hearts overcame Celtic 1-0 on Saturday (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It’s been a sequence of events that had initially robbed Celtic fans of their morale. In what had been expected to be a season of promise, fans were suddenly dreading what lay in store.

With Champions League qualification hanging by a thread, it didn’t look overly promising for Hoops fans. The board’s silence throughout the affair has also been mystifying.

That’s why Rodgers’ dismissal of any potential exit was exactly the stability supporters needed.

The Liverpool boss was keen to put to bed any speculation of him leaving, and stated he only wants the best for the club.

I love my life here at Celtic as the manager. There are always challenges as the manager at such a big club with the standards that we have set over the last couple of seasons. But despite all reports and everything out there, there’s talks of ultimatums with the board – I don’t work that way. I read somewhere else about walking away – I have three years left on my contract at Celtic. I love every day of my life here. All I ever want is for us throughout the club and every aspect to improve and get better.

Knowing that their manager still firmly sees his future in Glasgow clears a big issue up. No longer do they have to concern themselves with a shock resignation after what’s already been a tough week.

It does, however, allow supporters to turn their frustrations to the board. A failure to back Rodgers has seen a lack of signings come through Parkhead. Added to that, their refusal to bump up an extra few hundred thousand for McGinn has incensed many.

It’s foolish to ignore what’s happening over on the other side of the city. Steven Gerrard is slowly putting together a capable side, who look like winning more games than they slip up.

Rodgers applauds the Celtic supporters after the defeat at Tynecastle (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Celtic fans have had many a laugh at the expense of their old foes in the past. However, it does feel as though those comedic moments for the Parkhead faithful will lessen.

And thus Celtic can’t stand and allow the Ibrox club to start gaining ground on them.

Financially, Celtic have enough in their locker to sweep aside any threat from Govan. However, for supporters, it simply feels as if the board are choosing not to.

For the time being, Rodgers has reaffirmed his commitment to the club. It brushes aside any resignation talk and puts supporters at ease.

However, in the long-term, the board have to act in order to ensure this commitment remains intact.