The earliest Celtic can face Brendan Rodgers in Conference League as he disrespects tournament

By John McGinley

December 10, 2021

Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers last night claimed he doesn’t even know what the UEFA Conference League is as his Leicester City side dropped into the competition with the Bhoys.

Both Celtic and Leicester finished third in their respective Europa League groups, with the Foxes finding themselves behind Spartak Moscow and Napoli despite their riches.

So, there’s even a possibility of the Bhoys facing off against our old manager at some point this season, but it isn’t as easy as drawing them in the next round, or even the one after that.

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When can Celtic face Brendan Rodgers this season?

Both Leicester and Celtic are actually on the unseeded half of the draw for the knockout stage and round of 16 in the Conference League due to the format of the new UEFA competition.

All the runner-ups from the Conference group stages are seeded for Monday’s draw, while the group winners are seeded for the subsequent round.

That means the earliest Celtic can come up against Rodgers is in the quarter-finals of the tournament and there is a lot of football between now and then with some quality teams in the mix.

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What has Brendan Rodgers said about the Conference League?

Rodgers has copped a bit of flak over the last 24 hours for some cheeky comments about the competition after last night’s match.

The former Bhoys boss said to BT Sport: “I’ve got to be honest, I don’t even know what the competition is.

“In all fairness, I was focused on the Europa League and winning this group, or at the very least finishing second, so with all due respect to the competition, I’m not sure what it is. But I’m sure I will find out soon enough.”

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Brendan, you can only say “with all due respect” when you are showing respect and I’m sure plenty of the teams in the Conference League will agree you had none here.

It’s acceptable to act like a big dog when you are doing well on the European scene, but you aren’t. Unfortunately for your team, this is Leicester’s level.

And Celtic’s too of course, for now. Wouldn’t it be nice to show him just how vibrant this latest UEFA competition can be with a Bhoys run deep into proceedings?

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