Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner believes there are similarities between current manager Brendan Rodgers and former fans’ favourite Tommy Burns.

In an interview with The Scottish Sun, Bonner revealed that he believes the late Burns had a major impact on Rodgers’ career. He believes the pair are comparable.

Pat “Packie” Bonner

Pat “Packie” Bonner spent 20 years at Celtic as a player. (Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)

Bonner played as a goalkeeper for Celtic between 1978 and 1998, amassing over 500 career appearances.

The former Republic of Ireland international is fondly remembered by Celtic fans for his time in Glasgow.

Tommy Burns

Tommy Burns played over 500 games for Celtic and later managed the Bhoys. (Allsport UK/Getty Images)

Burns is another former favourite at Celtic. The Glaswegian was both a player and a manager for the Bhoys.

As a player, Burns won six titles with Celtic, as well as numerous cups. As a manager, he won the 1995 Scottish Cup.

Bonner’s words

Bonner believes there are similarities between Burns and current boss Rodgers.

The Irishman said: “Things have moved on, but I think there are parallels between what Tommy encountered and Brendan now when you listen to what’s going on with buying players and spending money.

“There are other parallels because they both wanted the game played in a certain way. Brendan wants quality players to go and do it and you sometimes have to go over and above to get those players in.”

Bonner believes the similarities between the pair have come about because Rodgers was influenced by Burns.

Rodgers was a young coach at Reading when Burns was the first-team manager in the late 1990s. Therefore, the former Swansea City and Liverpool man learned a lot of his methods from the Hoops legend.

Bonner added: “I know Tommy influenced Brendan a lot when they were both down at Reading as manager and part-time youth coach, much more than I thought, actually.”

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