SPFL boss details chats with former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

By Euan Davidson

May 21, 2021

He may be away from the Scottish game, but former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers still takes an interest.

With an FA Cup winner’s medal on his mantlepiece [BBC], as well as two Scottish Premierships, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups from his time at Celtic, Rodgers is a known winner. Ultimately, the way he left Celtic will always rankle with supporters, but his time at the club clearly made an impact around the league.

Not least with current Hibs boss Jack Ross. Ross, who was St Mirren boss for most of Rodgers’ time in Glasgow, has guided Hibs to third place in the Premiership, and a Scottish Cup final. And, he says, he’s done so with a bit of help from the Premier League manager Rodgers.

Ross told the Sun:

“I had a few texts with Brendan Rodgers after the final last week to offer my congratulations.

“I just sent him one on the day of the game and then the other messages were all about the Cup final… and how to win them.

“He is very good at that.

“Brendan proved himself to be an absolutely outstanding coach and manager, not just with what he achieved in Scotland with Celtic, but with what he’s gone on to do with Leicester.

“I was delighted for him last Saturday. I think you saw how much it meant to him to win the FA Cup for the first time.

“Hopefully I can experience that same type of feeling this weekend.”

Jack Ross and his Hibs stalwart Ryan Porteous / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Why wouldn’t you text Brendan Rodgers for managerial advice?

Given his managerial exploits, Rodgers is a pretty good contact to have. Former Alloa manager Jack Ross clearly struck up a bit of a friendship with the ex-Celtic man while he was managing us. You get the impression that with a more monied squad, Ross would be keen to play Rodgers-esque football.

For one thing, his Hibs team are genuinely fun to watch at times. The speed and guile of Doig, the goals of Kevin Nisbet and the ball-winning talents of Alex Gogic make for good viewing.

Looking to win a second Scottish Cup for Hibs in the modern era, Ross has stern competition in Callum Davidson’s St Johnstone. The league cup winners are looking to do a domestic double; something a non-Glasgow club hasn’t done since the mid-80s heyday of Aberdeen under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Whether Rodgers’ advice pays off is another fascinating subplot in a very alluring Scottish Cup Final. From our perspective though, it’s difficult not to lament the fact we won’t be there.

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