Brendan Rodgers praises Celtic set-up amidst speculation over Scott Brown
Amidst a wave of speculation around Celtic legend Scott Brown, Brendan Rodgers has taken some time to give praise to the coaching set-up at Parkhead.
Rodgers, who led Celtic to an Invincible Treble in just his first season, has been linked to a reunion with Scott Brown [Scotsman]. Broony, of course, was Rodgers’ inspirational on-pitch leader during a period of incredible success for the Bhoys. Having been written off under Ronny Deila, some encouragement from Rodgers and a tweak to his role saw Brown play his best stuff for Celtic.
Whether that reunion comes to fruition is unclear, but he’s certainly a fan of what’s happening at Celtic Park right now. And he doesn’t reckon it’s time for Scott Brown to make a quick return to Paradise.
Rodgers said [Daily Record]: “Ange is doing a great job and he’s very clear in how he works. Then, behind him, you’ve got a brilliant coach in John Kennedy who is there to support the manager and you also have Gavin Strachan and Stephen McManus.
“So you have good coaches there already and, below that, it’s always been Celtic’s way to bring through their own young coaches.
“I’m not saying Scott wouldn’t be a great addition to that. He would. And I’m not saying he needs to put distance between himself and the club either. It’s about him having the time to allow him to grow and develop in his career, wherever that is.”
Brendan Rodgers is right to praise Celtic coaching staff, but is it a trick?
You could be very, very cynical here and suggest that Brendan Rodgers is looking to steal Scott Brown away. Casting doubt on whether he’d fit in at Celtic could be a ruse, with the Leicester City boss keen to teach Broony in the world of coaching.
However, it’s also true that Ange Postecoglou is doing an excellent job at Celtic, very much in his own way. And John Kennedy, who was in the Celtic staff under Rodgers, is obviously a figure that’s well known to the former Liverpool and Swansea manager.
Still, it’s an interesting situation that’s developing. Scott Brown will clearly have choices to make, given his personality and his glittering career.
Whatever he does now doesn’t necessarily rule anything out in the future. It may be that he takes a break. Or, Celtic will find something for him. If Brendan Rodgers does create a role for him at Leicester City, even temporarily, that could be good experience.
The options are his, and it’s well-deserved given his fantastic career.