‘Hampden feels special,’ Brendan Rodgers

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BRENDAN RODGERS yesterday supported the decision taken earlier this week for Hampden to remain the home of Scottish football. The SFA have agreed to buy the national stadium from Queen’s Park for £5million with half of this money coming from contributions from Willie Haughey and Tom Hunter.

“For me, personally, it’s a very good decision,” Brendan said.

“I always enjoyed my times there, but it’s not only that. Over many years the game has been there and I think it’s good news for Scottish football.

“It’s good for the traditions of the game because there is just a feel around Hampden which is special. And, hopefully, over time they can find the funding to bring the stadium up to a standard everyone expects for modern-day stadia.

“There is a uniqueness to it, but I think everyone would ask: ‘Right, can we improve facilities there? Can we improve it in a way that can benefit the players?’

“You have a real special passion up here in Scotland.

“I have seen that going around many grounds as well as at Celtic, so to have the chance to use that as a national team in a more compact stadium with a passionate support would definitely help.”

The manager’s views of course are in contrast to those of his captain Scott Brown who earlier in the week slammed the decision, claiming that Hampden was the worst in the country for atmosphere.

It certainly has one excellent stand but the other three are atrocious. I remember finding it embarrassing being in the Celtic end with Real Madrid fans for the Champions League Final – the Spanish fans I spoke to thought that it was a terrible view, although Zidane did score a cracker for us and we got a great view of that goal!

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