Hacks shortlist Clement but ignore Rodgers for their Manager of the Year

Every Celtic supporter is desperate for Brendan Rodgers to win a Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup double to make that seven trophies from the last nine won by our club.

Rangers v Celtic – cinch Premiership – Ibrox Stadium Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers arrives for the cinch Premiership match at Ibrox Sunday April 7, 2024. Photo Andrew Milligan

Maybe you’ll want that to happen just a little bit more when we tell you that the Scottish football writers (the hacks not the fan media) have shortlisted the Belgian waffle Philippe Clement for Manager of the Year and not Brendan Rodgers.

Fair enough he came in with theRangers trailing in the league, won a few games in hand and got the benefit of Celtic’s mid-December wobble when we lost to Kilmarnock and then Hearts. He had the chance to make a real impact in his first Glasgow Derby on 30 December but it was the same old story and the three points remained in Paradise.

Then he did get his nose in front. Indeed by the next Glasgow Derby at Ibrox a win by Clement’s side would have taken the title outwith Celtic’s control. Could Clement get his first win over Celtic with the backing of 50,000 of their own fans and no away support? Well, no but he did claim it was a 3-3 victory.

theRangers manager Philippe Clement and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers embrace on the final whistle after the Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox on April 07, 2024 i (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

That was followed by a defeat at Ross County – the first time ever that the Dingwall side beat a Rangers outfit – and then another two points were spilled at Dens Park.

Three crucial games at the business end of the title race and Clement picked up two points from nine as Brendan Rodgers moved his side through the gears and in to pole position, having been unbeaten in Glasgow Derby matches this season.

Add two more to that and the double is his, while Clement will be left licking his wounds with the vital Champions League money heading to Paradise and not Ibrox and with just the League Cup to show for this efforts, with Michael Beale sharing the credit for that.

16th September 2023 Celtic Park, , Celtic versus Dundee -Dundee manager Tony Docherty and Brendan Rodgers Photo ActionPlus – David Young

The (mainstream media) football writers have named their four man short-list and Clement is joined by Derek McInnes (Kilmarnock) and Tony Docherty (Dundee) for making the top six and by Falkirk boss John McGlynn for his Invincible league campaign. Surely even the hacks will give their award to McGlynn as a real winner, with a proper achievement.

Celtic v Kilmarnock – cinch Premiership – Celtic Park – managers Brendan Rodgers Derek McInnes before the  Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday October 7, 2023. Photo Jane Barlow

Brendan Rodgers won’t be too bothered about missing out and he’s had his own issues with the hacks this season. He’s more interested in re-uniting the Celtic family, especially the supporters who perhaps weren’t all that happy to see him returning to the club to replace Ange Postecoglou.

On the day he returned to Celtic Park last June Brendan sent a message to those disgruntled supporters on the steps at the front of Celtic Park. He said that he’d see them here in May to celebrate the title win.

And with the dramas of this season, some thinking that theRangers were going to beat us to the big prize, it will make this title win all the more sweeter for the Celtic family if the Bhoys get it over the line, as most of us believe that they will.

 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers arrives prior to the Scottish Premiership match between Celticand St. Johnstone at Celtic Park on March 16, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Both Clement and Rodgers had to work with players that were signed by others this season. In the summer both can look to re-shape their squads in their own image and we’ll see a real contest. However for Clement he will have to wait to the end of the year before he gets a chance to face Celtic at Ibrox (barring a league cup meeting).

Before them he’ll have two trips to Celtic park and a Cup Final at Hampden. If he fails to win any of these three matches he’ll be lucky to make it to the New Year Glasgow Derby. How many of their managers has Brendan seen off with his wonderful record against theRangers?

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk


  1. Rob O’Keeffe on

    Rodgers OUT🍀 This Post Was Sponsored By CSSB………allegedly 🤪

  2. Brendan will be devastated by this news, I do hope that he isn’t considering his career as a world-class manager and making a knee-jerk reaction by packing in the game he loves…..


  3. John Feggans on

    When Brendan and big Joe do the league and cup double the hacks are going to look very very stupid having nailed their colours to Clement’s and Butland’s masts all season and If Clement wants to talk disrespectful believing that he is the manager most deserving of such an award that would take disrespect to a whole new low level.

    He will of course waffle his way around being another losing theRangers manager highlighting how he masterminded cutting Celtic’s 7 point lead but hell conveniently forget how he managed the team that threw it all away when it really mattered, at the business end of the season. As for Butland vs Joe Hart, ones done heehaw and the other has won everything in the game!!!! HAIL HAIL