As if Celtic’s week wasn’t tough enough with trips to Hearts and Hibernian on the agenda, Brendan Rodgers is reportedly set to leave the club.
It’s a bombshell that’s still sweeping supporters today. According to the likes of the BBC and Sky, Rodgers has only been given permission to speak to Leicester. According to the likes of the Daily Record, however, the deal is done.
There’s certainly a variety of reports going about today surrounding the news. Supporters are being given mixed information, and none of it is exactly pleasurable. Celtic, however, have confirmed their manager is in talks and nothing more at this stage.
And, what’s even more bizarre is the timing of the potential departure too. Celtic have a monumental week ahead of them. Matches away to Hearts and Hibernian could seriously define the Hoops’ season.
It’s likely to be the toughest week yet between now and the end of the season. To see Rodgers potentially depart before it is sickening if it happens.
But, Celtic could really turn around the ill-feeling at Parkhead with success in the next two matches. As deflating as today’s news is, victories at Hearts and Hibs would be a fine statement.
The club needs a boost – this week could provide it
The club is in need of a big boost, and getting two massive away wins would provide it. Considering the spotlight and pressure that’s on this season, combined with the potential departure of the club’s most successful manager since Martin O’Neill, or arguably Jock Stein – a victorious week would be massive.
In addition to that, the players would get some real confidence and plaudits for it too. It’s widely recognised how difficult it is to play without a permanent manager. The fact we won’t have one for our two biggest games of the season means the players will deserve unreal credit if they can see off the coming fixtures.
But make no mistake, this is poor from Rodgers.
If Rodgers’ departure occurs, Celtic’s players have to dust themselves down and get on with it.
After all, our season is riding on it.