Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald has claimed that the philosophy Brendan Rodgers put into place at Parkhead is here to stay.
This Celtic side have won an unprecedented double-treble over the last two years. It’s looking extremely likely that a treble-treble will be next come the end of the season.
Rodgers’ departure may still stick in the throat, but that hasn’t stopped people from understanding the incredible job he did in Glasgow before leaving. And his departure apparently doesn’t mean his work has disappeared.
McDonald spoke to the BBC after Celtic’s stale 0-0 draw with Hibernian yesterday. Touching on the managerial situation, the Aussie interestingly stated that Rodgers’ foundations are at Parkhead to stay.
“I know for a fact that everything Brendan has done, everything he’s worked on, even the grassroots at the club, that will not change. That is there to stay, that philosophy is going nowhere.
“The players believed in Brendan Rodgers, in his shape, in his system. They kept believing they were going to get better. So for someone now to come in and tell them different it’s going to be very difficult.
“The Celtic fans will be thinking right now, ‘we went and spent £3m on a manager previous to now’. They do not want to go backwards on that. They want that £3m spent once again to get a top quality manager.”
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When Lennon arrived and increased our gap at the top of the table by five points, it was a fine feather in his cap. It was always something he could hold up to the board and supporters as a staple of his work.
But now that lead has just about been wiped out again. It’s back down to nine points, and Celtic are now just one point better off second place than they were when Rodgers departed.
As it stands, splashing out cash on a top manager in the summer looks appealing. As McDonald says, supporters will surely want someone similar in stature to Rodgers. Just giving Lennon the job because he’s Neil Lennon is just a ridiculous suggestion.
McDonald believes that foundations Rodgers has put in place go back to the grassroots at the club. But his most obvious stamp is the team he’s left Lennon with.
Like it or not, Lennon has consistently failed to get a real tune out of a double-treble winning squad. The performances have been pedestrian, and just because they were often poor before Rodgers left doesn’t mean they should’ve stayed that way when Lennon came in.
Hopefully, the Northern Irishman can seal the treble-treble, and add a shiny new achievement to his CV. But, come the summer, Celtic need a new man to come in and take advantage of those Rodgers foundations that are here to stay.