Liam Johnston cherishing advice from Brendan Rodgers

By David Walton

November 21, 2018

European Tour golfer Liam Johnston claims a chat with Brendan Rodgers helped give him some inspiration.

The Scottish star has earned his European Tour card after two wins on the Challenge Tour this year. That means he’ll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia in the 48-tournament schedule.

The big Celtic fan is certainly living the dream with his golf, but a chance meeting with Celtic’s Rodgers will be just as memorable for him.

Scotland’s Liam Johnston is a big Hoops fan (Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Touching on a flight back from Dubai, Johnston spoke about being able to pick the Hoops boss’ brains.

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“You are a wee bit timid when faced with talking to the guy who manages your favourite team, but he was brilliant. It was a red-eye flight. He obviously wanted to sleep, but we had a wee chat and I had a lot of questions obviously!

“He was really nice. It was just after Celtic had that 6-0 win (over St Johnstone) that got their season going and he was talking about what he’d said to guys about desire and will. It was interesting to hear him.

Master of all trades

Rodgers has certainly been more than approachable since becoming Celtic manager. He’s regularly pictured and seen talking to fans frequently. so Johnston’s story isn’t much of a surprise.

The Celtic manager certainly knows more than most when it comes to pushing boundaries and achieving his goals. The Northern Irishman will go down as a legend at Celtic Park when he leaves the club, with a double-treble and unbeaten season to his name.

Rodgers loves communicating with the Celtic fans (David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Yet what makes him such a pleasure for Celtic supporters is his off-field demeanour. There’s always been a sense of aura about the Hoops boss, but he never lets it overshadow his gentlemanly nature.

He’s been every bit as good a man as he has a manager since arriving in Glasgow. Hoops fans will just be hoping he continues to see his future in Scotland as the success continues to roll in.

As for Johnston, he has a massive year ahead of him on his European Tour. It’s his first full season on the tour, and he’ll be looking to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Stephen Gallagher in becoming a constant at that level.