Hands up if you saw this one coming? Brendan Rodgers has been linked with Leicester City yet again.
Surprise surprise, it also comes after the Foxes lose a match. Claude Puel has subsequently lost his job, and Leicester apparently have Rodgers as a target. It’s also despite the fact that the Northern Irishman consistently commits his future to the Parkhead club.
The Times has today stated that Rodgers is part of a two-target list Leicester have. The other is Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez.
Funnily enough, this comes just days after Rodgers was linked loosely to Chelsea. It’s also just a month since Rodgers was last pushed as a Leicester candidate. He certainly is struggling to get away from it all.
But these headlines hardly scare Celtic fans anymore. Despite the fact it’s clear Rodgers is impressing some down south, he’s never had his head turned by Premier League interest.
He’s been there and done it at the highest level in England. He’s managed Swansea to promotion and consolidation in the Premiership. Rodgers has also taken Liverpool as close as anyone to their first Premier League title in 2001.
Been there and done it
To sum it up – he’s been there, done it and bought the t-shirt. Rodgers certainly doesn’t see the mystique that others do in the Premier League. He knows what’s behind the curtain and he clearly isn’t itching to go back to it.
Last month, he stated that he’s happy at Celtic and wasn’t considering a move. This is a record that Celtic fans have heard from their manager more than once.
Even just yesterday, John Hartson had to school the likes of Michael Owen on why Rodgers would stay at Celtic. It was similar to when Steve McManaman shot down the same idea of Rodgers going to Stoke last year.
Just because it’s the Premier League doesn’t mean it’s going to lure our manager. He isn’t lured by money, that much he’s made clear. And if you take money out of the equation, there aren’t many clubs in England that can give Rodgers what Celtic can.
Once again, it’s exciting times at Parkhead. The Hoops are going for a treble-treble and on Thursday night we were given reason to believe in this team in Europe next year.
So even if Leicester are preparing an offer for the Hoops’ double-treble catalyst, they can likely expect a swift rejection.