Celtic manager addresses ‘fun’ comment faux outrage

Brendan Rodgers spoke to the media at Lennoxtown this afternoon and in a rather long conference one of the points of note was his take on the faux outrage down river concerning his comment last weekend after the win over Hearts, about having some fun this weekend in the Glasgow Derby.

The Celtic manger was asked if he was surprised at the outrage that the comment caused among theRangers support and then from their manager Philippe Clement who reckoned it was disrespectful towards his team and pointed out the he’d never show disrespect to an opponent,  just a few weeks after he failed to shake his opponent’s hand up in Dingwall after Don Cowie’s side pulled off a 3-2 victory over theRangers.

Ross County interim manager Don Cowie looks towards Rangers manager Philippe Clement as the final whistle sounds. Clement did not shake hands with Cowie at full-time Photo Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock

“Yeah. I think anyone who was at my press conference would have sensed the way in which it was said. The reaction to that is totally without merit. It has no context whatsoever. You mention my past record in these games, I have never referred to these other than being intense and being competitive.

“We never talk about the game as that but we talk about the whole occasion. The occasion is one of the most iconic games in world football. And I love it. It’s one of the reasons I am here, the great pride and privilege I have in managing Celtic in a (the)Rangers game.

“So the whole emotion, the entire feeling around this game is absolutely amazing. I have seen some of the headlines around the disrespect and whatever else but it is totally without merit. It was never in that context being said, and I never would be that person to disrespect another manager or another team. But I suppose it’s part of the build-up for you guys,” the Celtic manager said.

Here’s Brendan’s media conference, and the ‘fun’ answer is four in.

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  1. Rob O’Keeffe on

    BR should have just completely shrugged off any question about skeletor’s “outrage”…..

    • The Belgian halfwit has just stated that he and his team will love the Celtic fans booing them….. whit, has Cantwell & Co morphed into Man City overnight, has he been taking Spanish lessons to sound more like a proper Pepe manager?

      I think he’ll find that the Celtic fans will be too busy celebrating and singing for the Champions of Scotland…..