Brendan Rodgers seems to be the candidate lined up to replace the outgoing Ronny Deila at Celtic. The Northern Irishman was without a club after being sacked by Liverpool early on in the season and was replaced by Jurgen Klopp who led the Premier League side to two cup finals but couldn’t win their of them.
Rodgers, for his part, had been one of those managers who divided opinions in Liverpool. He was often criticized for the way he dealt with senior players in the team, but did lead the side to one of their best seasons in 2013 when they almost won the title.
Liverpool though did play a brand of exciting football that season, be it due to Luis Suarez, but the Northern Irishman had to be present and ensured that the team did play as it did, so a bit of credit should go to the 43-year-old.
Celtic for their part won yet another Scottish Premiership title under Deila, but next season could be different as Ranger would be back in the top flight. Deila for all his great work in the league has been a failure in Europe and Rodgers would be looking to fix that as he takes over the reins. While the signing isn’t that big a deal it does show that the club have faith in young managers and with Rodgers being only 43, he could end up winning a lot of silverware at the Scottish club.
The signing of Rodgers does make a little sense, he has been out of action for quite a while and managing in the Scottish League will not be as strenuous as it is in the Premier League. Also he will be handling a team that features champions and that would help him more than the other team out.
Having the winning mentality can be the game changer for Rodgers as he looks for a first top flight title to put under his belt and his philosophy of keeping possession and pressing teams could give Celtic a new dimension to work with for years to come.
Rodgers would also would to showcase that it was not a flash in the pan that brought Liverpool so close to the Premier League title. Winning the Scottish Premiership should be an easy deal with the team that he will inherit but it should be interesting to see how the ex-Swansea manager would do in Europe as that would be the barometer for his success.
If Celtic do make it to the group stages of the Champions League, it would be a huge achievement for the club and Rodgers with his playing style could still pull off a few surprises against the clubs that Celtic face in the qualifying rounds. The decision to get the former Reds manager seems to be a shrewd one and should pay off for both the club and Rodgers.