Fans anger understandable but Rodgers was no 'fraud' at Celtic

By John Reid

February 28, 2019

Before Celtic’s 2-1 win over Hearts at Tynecastle, a section of Hoops fans unveiled a banner directed at former boss Brendan Rodgers.

“YOU TRADED IMMORTALITY FOR MEDIOCRITY. NEVER A CELT. ALWAYS A FRAUD” the banner read.

In a way, the banner is understandable. The fans have every right to be angry with Rodgers for departing the club during a title race.

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Very harsh claim

But it is very harsh to claim that Rodgers was a ‘fraud’, especially on the pitch.

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He delivered two domestic trebles, and a 69 match unbeaten domestic run. Two feats which are unlikely to be matched in the club’s history.

He also brought the fans back to the club, following the inertia of the Ronny Deila era.

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Perhaps the banner is more of a reflection on the fact that Rodgers walked on the club he claimed to be a huge supporter of.

Emotions still running high

That is worth getting upset about. The fact that emotions are still high after recent events means it was no shock that a banner was unveiled by the fans.

There was always going to be a reaction, and Rodgers was always going to be heavily criticised.

In the cold light of day, Rodgers will go down as one of the top five managers in the club’s history.

But the nature of his departure means that fans won’t appreciate him for a while yet.