Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has shared the only moment he witnessed Brendan Rodgers angry and annoyed with his players when the manager of the club, speaking to interview outlet Open Goal.
Rodgers has a reputation for being one of the more restrained managers in the game, often keeping his cool in interviews and presenting a balanced or positive point of view.
Griffiths was making a much-anticipated appearance on Si Ferry’s Open Goal, opening up about his career to date and having plenty to share from his Celtic days.
From first meeting Neil Lennon to returning to form this season, he covered most topics of interest.
Ferry questioned whether Rodgers was the kind of manager to lose his temper with players in the dressing rooms after matches.
The Hoops striker could only recall one incident, after a 3-1 League Cup win away to Partick Thistle in August 2018.
Griffiths says that Rodgers even got physical with some of the equipment!
Speaking on Open Goal, he said: “I only ever seen him get angry once and we’d won a game. We beat Partick Thistle 3-1 in the League Cup and he was fizzing when he came in, punched the tactics board.
“I’m like that, ‘I’ve never seen this before in my life.’
“We’d been beaten by PSG, Bayern, Barca – battered by these teams – those would be lessons on what you need to be at the top level.
“Beating Partick Thistle you’re thinking, right, comfortable victory, easy. He came in off his nut.
“He was just angry with the way we played.”
The next match would be a 1-1 draw away to Suduva in Champions League qualifying, which wasn’t seen as a great result at the time, so it doesn’t look like Rodgers quite got the reaction out of his players he’d have wanted.
Celtic would end that month strongly with a 3-0 victory over the Lithuanians at home, before moving on to beat Rangers in early September.
Rodgers, whatever you may think of him now, always set incredibly high standards at the Hoops before his controversial exit, so it’s actually not that surprising to hear he was most angry after a victory.
It’d be interesting to hear if Griffiths has witnessed as few occasions of anger and passion under current boss Lennon!
I’d expect not, but that’s what has made the current manager such a success at the club.