Celtic players reportedly laughed after Brendan Rodgers told of Leicester decision

By David Walton

February 26, 2019

We’ve all given our reaction today to the news of Brendan Rodgers’ departure.

Yet, a report in the Herald has revealed the interesting reaction of the Celtic players to the decision yesterday.

According to the source, Rodgers informed the players of his decision yesterday. And, in a surprising turn of events, the players reportedly laughed thinking the Northern Irishman was joking.

The first team squad apparently gave an emotional response afterwards. But now, however, it’s expected that Rodgers will take in Leicester’s game against Brighton tonight before taking charge of his first match against Watford this weekend.

Brendan Rodgers let the Celtic players know of his intentions yesterday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, the first team squad’s initial reaction of laughter tells you all you need to know. It’s a shambolic decision from a manager that we all had unreal levels of trust in.

According to the Herald, Celtic have been stunned by the speed of the process. Considering the Hoops have a huge game against Hearts tomorrow night, you would’ve hoped for some decency from Rodgers.

As Neil Lennon reportedly agrees to become the new interim manager, the club is clearly trying to go about patching up today’s wounds. (You can read our story on that here).

Brendan Rodgers had an obligation to deliver

Rodgers had a real obligation to deliver here. Just ask him yourself.

The Northern Irishman had laid down strong foundations at Parkhead and therefore had several projects on the go that are now in limbo.

For example, Celtic’s new hybrid pitch was installed to get Celtic playing the way Rodgers likes to. It was to help improve the speed of Rodgers’ side and therefore help him get his philosophy over more.

Then there are the project signings. A penny for the likes of Vakoun Issouf Bayo, Eboue Kouassi, and Jack Hendry’s thoughts. All of these players were brought in as project buys, and Rodgers has instead left them in the lurch.

Vakoun Issouf Bayo was brought in by Rodgers, but has seen him depart one month later (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

That’s not to mention Rodgers’ long-term vision of playing the ball on the deck all over the pitch. Celtic had to suffer in Europe thanks to Rodgers’ style. Yet, we were all led to believe this was something that would see us reap the benefits in the long-term.

All of this is now out the window. Celtic are in a better place than they were when Rodgers arrived, but that’s not the point.

He had a vision here, and a commitment to the supporters. Yet Leicester flashed a few quid and subsequently off he goes.