The Times has this morning reported the shocking behind the scenes details of Brendan Rodgers’ departure.
Rodgers made his move to Leicester official last night. That arrived despite the fact Celtic have two huge games coming up over the next four days against Hearts and Hibs respectively.
And, in a stunning new twist, it’s been reported that Leicester were indeed willing to wait for Rodgers until the end of the season.
Yet, apparently, Rodgers was happy to move back to England immediately. Regardless of the fact Celtic have a few months of massive football action to come, Rodgers chose to potentially burn our season so he could start his plush new job.
Put yourself in his shoes
Rodgers subsequently left us in a desperate situation. Neil Lennon, in the end, has raced over to Parkhead in a bid to save the day and the season. A league and cup double and the job, you would imagine, would be all but his.
But try and put yourself in Rodgers’ shoes. He’s a Celtic fan like you and me after all, right? You have the chance to potentially treble your wages in England. You could either finish the season with Celtic or leave there and then.
No doubt, for the majority of us, we wouldn’t even consider Leicester’s offer. The Premier League doesn’t matter to Celtic fans the way it clearly absorbs Rodgers’ life. His departure is his fault and his fault alone (Read on our story here on why the board isn’t to blame)
It’s also important to remember that the Northern Irishman was closing in on 10-in-a-row. A chance to literally become immortalised at Celtic. His tenure would never have been forgotten, and his place in Celtic folklore established for good.
Instead, as an apparent Celtic fan in his dream job, he’s given that up for the club sitting 11th in the Premier League.
Karma will hopefully catch up with Rodgers. If the report is true, then it tells a lot about the man. It flies in the face of everything he’s told us about money not being his motivator. Everything he’s told us about his love of Celtic.
All of that up in smoke for a few extra pieces of silver.