Today, it was announced that Celtic's Ange Postecoglou would be joining Tottenham Hotspur on a four-year deal. The Australian's departure has left Celtic without a manager, and the internet's gossip columns have started to link managers to the vacant role.
Names like David Moyes, Graham Potter, Jesse Marsch, and ex-manager Brendan Rodgers have all been mentioned on various different betting markets this week. The most interesting name on that list is Rodgers because of his past experience with Celtic.
Brendan Rodgers achieved an unprecedented domestic treble in his first season at Celtic (2016-2017), winning the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup, and Scottish League Cup, a feat he repeated in the following two seasons. Additionally, he won the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup in all three seasons of his tenure and led Celtic to an invincible season in 2016-2017, winning all three major domestic trophies without a single loss.
Rodgers left the Scottish giants to take charge of Leicester City in the English Premier League in 2019. He won an FA Cup at the English side but was sacked this year. The former Liverpool coach's move to England was not well received by Celtic supporters at the time, but he has previously said he would 'not rule out a return' to Glasgow.
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Speaking about his move away at the time, Rodgers said, “That challenge may come again. It was a real challenge to go in that challenge may come in the future, and I would have absolutely no hesitation in going back. An incredible club. Like everything else in life, it’s just about timing. Whether I will be received back or not is a different story, but would I go back to Celtic? Absolutely,” Brendan Rodgers said.
Fans on social media have reacted to the news about a Rodgers return. One user said, "If he's committed, then yes. If it's legend status he's looking for, he should've stayed the first time. But football's a business, and we would've made a few quid out of his move, so why not?" While others have said, "No point in cutting off our nose to spite our face. I share the resentment over the way he left; however, if we are forgiving Ange for taking the lure of the EPL, we should afford Rodgers some slack. Knows the club with a proven record. Others have appeal, but would be a gamble."
Rodgers may not return to Celtic, but stranger things have happened in football. However, at this time, the Scottish Sun has said Rodgers is not interested in taking on the Celtic job at the moment.