Brendan Rodgers has been “sold a dream” according to pundit

Brendan Rodgers has been “sold a dream”, according to pundit…

Whilst the dust has been settling since our latest European misery against Lazio, questions have quite rightfully been put to the Celtic heirarchy and the recruitment team for this latest blunder on the continent. It’s no secret that the Bhoys have struggled desperately when making the step up from domestic football, having not been able to win a knockout tie in Europe since 2004.

Long gone are those halcyon days of Celtic taking major scalps against the likes of AC Milan, Man United and Barcelona. No, now we are consigned to being also rans when it comes to elite footballing tournaments. With a record that is beginning to really fly in the face of what Jock Stein and his Lisbon Lions achieved in 1967, our current custodians seem more content at stockpiling scores of cash, as opposed to stimulating the footballing side of things.

Brendan Rodgers broke rank for the first time really and admitted post-match in Rome that even with Jota, Carl Starfelt, Aaron Mooy and Moritz Jenz, the Hoops needed at least four quality recruits on top of that to have any chance of progression from last year’s equally poor outcome in the UEFA Champions League group stages. It’s a sobering thought and one which begs the question: why didn’t the Irishman raise the alarm bells at the time?

PLZ Soccer pundit, Tam McManus, has his own theory behind that particular issue and reckons that Rodgers has been “sold a dream” by majority shareholder Dermot Desmond to return to the club. However, the ex-Hibs man revealed that if Brendan isn’t backed adequately in the next two windows, he could cut ties for the sake of his own career once again. He said: “At the start of the season, a lot of us were surprised and thought, ‘Why is he coming back to Celtic? He’s won everything here domestically. He must have money to spend to have a bigger crack at the Champions League.’

Dermot Desmond  and then Chief Executive of Celtic Peter Lawwell look on prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Celtic FC and FC Internazionale Milano at Celtic Park Stadium on February 19, 2015. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“The four quality players he wanted cost money, and he’s not been given that money. So I blame the board and the recruitment team at Celtic – not Brendan Rodgers – because he’s clearly not got the guys in that he wanted. I don’t think he’s going to be the same next season.

“I think next season, if it’s the same, he’ll leave. I don’t think he’ll be here. I think if he’s not backed in the summer to the tune of four quality players, then I think he’ll walk away. I think he’s been sold a dream at Celtic in the summer and it’s not come to fruition.”

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Paul Gillespie


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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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