It is almost a year to the day since Brendan Rodgers left Celtic to join Leicester City. The circumstances of Rodgers’ exit from the club still rankle for many of the Hoops support.
It was not really a surprise that Rodgers moved on from Celtic. In fact, it was almost inevitable that at one stage he would return to the Premier League in England.
Timing of exit was the real issue
However, the timing of the exit was the real issue. If Rodgers had left the Hoops at the end of the season he would have arguably departed the club as a legend. The fact that he left during the season, and the day before a trip to Hearts, was the real problem for the support.
Thankfully, Neil Lennon was available to take over from Rodgers at short notice. Since then, the Hoops have gone from strength to strength, winning the league, Scottish Cup and Betfred Cup under his management.
Hoops doing great since former manager’s departure
Celtic currently sit 12 points clear at the top of the league, making the team firm favourites to clinch nine in a row. The Hoops also look well-placed to make progress to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.
With the anniversary of Rodgers’ controversial exit looming, BBC Scotland chief Sports writer Tom English to the Celtic support on Twitter.
“Celtic fans…any mellowing in your feelings towards Brendan Rodgers? Would you welcome him back to Celtic Park to watch a game?” he asked?
Celtic fans…any mellowing in your feelings towards Brendan Rodgers? Would you welcome him back to Celtic Park to watch a game?
— Tom English (@TEnglishSport) February 25, 2020
The Hoops support seemed split on the matter, with some fans still smarting from the manner of Rodgers’ exit, whilst other seemed more inclined to forgive.
Here are some of the best reactions from Celtic fans on Twitter to English’s question:
— Liam (@LK95_) February 25, 2020
I would welcome him.
He is an essential part of our recent history but whilst I accepted he is what he is some time before he left, I seem to be in a very small minority.
— Harry Brady (@HarryBradyCU) February 25, 2020
Never in a million years
— Scott (@SDair3) February 25, 2020
It hurt but I never held it against him. Same with Dembele when he moved, Tierney and now Edouard & McGregor.
He was was far too good for Scottish football. It was a wholly surreal experience from start to end.
I enjoy watching his success at the elite level.
— The Bunnet (@OorBunnet) February 25, 2020
No problem, wasn’t happy the way he left but it was good when he was here
— Brian Kerrigan (@kegs65) February 25, 2020
I dont think so. He was building a legacy but ultimately underestimated the impact he had on his reputation with the support by leaving when he did. If he had left in the summer he would have left a legend.
— Tony Victory (@TonyVictory94) February 25, 2020
Absolutely, his contribution was invaluable. @CelticFC are in a much better place since he left it has to be said, fresh ideas from Lennon and great progression in Europe is clear to see.
— Gordon Ronney (@ladeside5277) February 25, 2020
Still raw i’m afraid Tom
— HughieBhoy (@ClydeBhoy) February 25, 2020
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