BRENDAN RODGERS can bring European success back to Celtic reckons former Assistant manager and Celtic legend Johan Mjallby. Speaking to BetStars ahead of Sweden’s World Cup quarter final with England, the conversation eventually got round to Scottish football, his old side and the arrival of Steven Gerrard across the city.
On Celtic’s chances of making inroads into the Champions League – maybe getting out of the group stages – this is what the former Celtic defender had to say.
“Yes, without a shadow of doubt. He was a great pick from Celtic, the football he stands for is very similar to the Celtic style of football, passing the ball and playing with pace.
“Obviously they have been dominant domestically and they’ve had two unbelievable seasons in Scotland, winning the treble twice, which is a fantastic achievement.
“Under Brendan they can build on last year’s experience in the Champions League and deliver the goods, he can definitely lead them to success in Europe.”
And the big Swede reckons that Celtic can keep Moussa Dembele at the club this season.
“It’s all about the price. If a really great offer comes in for him then I’m sure Celtic will contemplate the offer.
“He’s been a great success at the club and hopefully they can enjoy him for a little longer. He’s still very young, he’s got a lot of quality but he can improve even more and become an even better player.
‘I’m sure he loves working with Brendan Rodgers as well.
“It all comes down to if a really great offer comes in because if you lose a player like Dembele you have to try and bring in someone with the same quality or even better quality if you can. It’s a catch 22 for Celtic because he is a great player and I would hate to see him leave.”
And on Steven Gerrard’s chances of beating his former boss at Liverpool to the Scottish Premiership, Johan Mjallby isn’t convinced that is going to happen.
“You have to look at their experience. Brendan has a lot of experience from the Premier League but it will be interesting to see what Steven Gerrard can do at Rangers and see if they are really ready to challenge Celtic this season.
“There are a lot of questions but it’s a great opportunity for Steven Gerrard to learn his trade and become a very good manager. I would still rate Brendan Rodgers above him at the moment because his experience is so important.”