At this stage, we’ve all moved on from the Brendan Rodgers fiasco, but details of the deal that took him from Parkhead have emerged.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Hoops managed to rake in a total of £9million for the departure of Rodgers.
Apparently, this was something that Celtic inserted into the deal Rodgers signed back in 2017. Leicester could’ve got their man for cheaper in the summer, but it’s not clear how much they would’ve had to spend then.
Of course, Rodgers wasn’t the only one to depart. He also took assistant Chris Davies and coach Kolo Toure with him. In addition to that, head of performance Glen Driscoll also swapped Parkhead for the King Power too.
So in total that’s four members of the backroom staff for £9m, according to the Telegraph.
No consolation to the Celtic fans
Of course, this won’t exactly come as a consolation for hurting Hoops fans. They were on the cusp of something truly special under Rodgers – an unprecedented treble-treble.
Whilst Neil Lennon has come back to Parkhead to try and see it over the line, it’s not as fitting as if Rodgers stayed to carry it out. It’s his team and his run of consecutive trophies. But we move on and many of us already have at this point.
It’ll be interesting to see what Celtic do with that handy £9m, if the report is true. It’s a big sum of money that they wouldn’t have expected to get at this stage of the season. It also comes without removing any of the quality from the first-team squad.
Marco Rose has been linked with the job, and there’s no reason as to why much of that money couldn’t be put to him in a bid to lure him to Glasgow. There’s been no reports of any concrete move for Rose, however.
Alternatively, it could just be added to the club’s transfer budget for the summer. A new manager will want to tweak certain areas when he arrives, and that sum would certainly help, in addition to what Rodgers’ budget would’ve been for the summer anyway.
We all knew the deal to lure Rodgers to Leicester wouldn’t have been cheap, but if it is indeed £9m, that’s a tidy sum indeed.