Latest Brendan Rodgers comments go against initial Celtic departure remarks

By Hamish Carton

November 12, 2019

Brendan Rodgers doesn’t hold too much trust within the Celtic community as it is. After all, the Northern Irishman did become the first manager in our history to walk out on the club mid-season when he switched Glasgow for Leicester in late February.

The 46-year-old had barely touched down in his new headquarters when he was claiming that the Foxes gig wouldn’t have waited until the summer.

“This was an opportunity that arose very quickly and I had a decision that I had to make very quickly,” he said in his first press conference. (Scottish Sun)

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“And obviously removing the emotion from that was something that was key, and I believe that this opportunity to come to a club like Leicester, it wasn’t going to wait for me.”

Latest Rodgers comments make for some interesting reading

So Leicester wouldn’t have waited till the summer? And the decision to leave Celtic in February was almost foisted upon the Northern Irishman as a non-negotiable? Interesting.

His latest comments in an exclusive interview with the Daily Record make for some interesting reading then.

“I was able to come into Leicester and assess players while they were under pressure because that’s when you can really make judgements,” Rodgers said.

“I felt it would give me those last 10 or 11 games of the season to assess what Leicester had and what needed to be done.

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“It gave me the time to prepare for the summer so that we were ready to make a challenge at the start of this season. I think it’s worked out well for both parties.”

So it seems that the sudden nature of Rodgers’ departure was more down to him wanting to “prepare for the summer” rather than the job not waiting. Interesting.

Rodgers is just trying to be relevant with Celtic fans again

It’s very easy for the smooth talking Rodgers to say that everything has worked out well for both parties. The truth is that he risked Celtic’s immediate future by walking out on the club at short notice – taking Chris Davies, Kolo Toure and Glen Driscoll with him.

Had it not been for Neil Lennon, we may well have lost either or both of our immediate trips to Hearts and Hibernian. Defeat in either could have been catastrophic for our eight-in-a-row or treble hopes.

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Rodgers has Lennon to thank for him looking good. He also has Lennon to thank for him looking bad. The former Liverpool boss must’ve looked on enviously as we won away to Lazio last week. It was the kind of result he could only have dreamed of in his three years at the helm.

Perhaps, with that in mind, it’s no surprise to hear him back out in the press bumping his gums. Trying to be relevant in the world of Celtic again.