From the Breadman to Beale, Brendan has seen them all off

They never learn. So Brendan Rodgers is facing his first real test as Celtic manager? Yeah that could well be true, but how many times have we heard that before? It’s like eat sleep repeat.

Brendan has faced a ‘challenge’ from a number of faces occupying the Ibrox dugout during his two spells in Scotland.

Mark Warburton Manager of theRangers during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers on September 10, 2016. Celtic, managed by Brendan Rodgers won 5-1.(Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

First up for Brendan was their ‘future England manager Mark Warburton’ who had theRangers playing like Brazil. In the end Brendan made them look like the blue Brazil of Cowdenbeath.

Next it was the new Jose Mourinho the one and only Pedro Caixinha, and we all know how that ended.

Pedro Caixinha, standing in a bush

After Pedro it was the turn of his former Liverpool skipper Stevie G whose slip cost Brendan the title. Stevie tried his best but like the rest, he couldn’t get the better of Brendan. That slip was the only time Gerrard was able to prevent Rodgers winning a title.

When Brendan returned he was up against ‘coaching genius’ Michael Beale. Mick like the rest was tipped to give the Irishman a tough time and went into the contest on a high after securing the Summer Bragging Rights trophy last May.

Only six weeks or so into the battle Michael was taken away, removed from his post after another revolt among their support. So much for the tough challenge from Mick, eh?

Michael Beale, Manager of theRangers, reacts during the Cinch Scottish Premiership defeat to Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 03, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

They never learn do they? Every single Manager from the Breadman to Beale has been brushed aside by Brendan Rodgers. You’d think they’d just keep their mouths shut and see how it turns out.

Philippe Clement –  New Rangers manager Philippe Clement. Photo Steve Welsh

Clement might give him a battle, but does he have what it takes to win the war? TheRangers supporters and certain voices in the media – including the bootlicker Hugh Keevins – tend to think so, but we’ve heard it all before.

After the taxman, it’s the hope that kills them.

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

Matt Corr’s new book Majic, Stan and the King of Japan is out now and Neil Lennon, the Celtic captain that season, has written the foreword for us.

You can get a signed copy of the hardback version direct from Celtic Star Books by clicking on the image below. It’s also available an an e-book via Amazon Kindle and please note that all colour photographs that appear in the beautifully presented printed hardback book are also available in the Kindle version of Majic, Stan and the King of Japan…

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An ordinary everyday Celtic supporters hailing and still residing in Govan in the shadows of the enemy. I’m a season ticket holder. I Witnessed my first Celtic game in 1988 and have attended when I can ever since. Growing up in the 90s I witnessed Celtic at their lowest, and now appreciate the historic success we enjoy today. I enjoy writing about this wonderful football club and hopefully will continue to do so. I’ve always been a keen writer and initially started this a hobby. My ambition is to one day become as good an author as my fellow Celtic Star colleagues.

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