Michael O'Neill 'surprised' at timing of Rodgers Celtic exit

By John Reid

February 28, 2019

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has echoed the thoughts of many Celtic fans. He declared himself as ‘surprised’ that Brendan Rodgers quit Celtic this week for Leicester City.

“It was a very quick turnaround on that” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

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‘The timing of it’

“I was a little bit surprised at the timing of it – Brendan’s done an amazing job at Celtic to win seven trophies out of seven, and to do domestically what he’s done, it’s been phenomenal.”

O’Neill also tipped his countryman and interim Celtic boss Neil Lennon to do well.

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‘A good fit’

“Neil was available, he knows Celtic, so I think it’s a good fit at this minute in time for them.”

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Whilst O’Neill is correct in what he says, most Celtic fans will find it difficult to look back with any fondness on Rodgers’ achievements at the moment.

Naturally in time, the support will come to appreciate what Rodgers achieved at Celtic Park. The 69 match unbeaten domestic run seems to have been forgotten about in all the acrimony of Rodgers’ departure.

That has to go down as one of the greatest achievements in the club’s history. And no doubt in the future will be celebrated as one.

For now though, the wounds are still too raw and it will take a long-time before Rodgers is forgiven by the Hoops support.