Opinion: Why Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic return isn’t as crazy as it sounds

Brendan Rodgers is one of the leading candidates to replace Ange Postecoglou as manager of Celtic. The Irishman left for Leicester City in February 2019 sparking anger from the support, whom he had claimed to have been a part of. However, the return of Rodgers isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

Rodgers is an elite coach but his stock has dwindled somewhat since leaving Leicester City by mutual consent in April. The four years with The Foxes resulted in two 5th places finishes, a European Semi Final along with a first ever FA Cup victory but his last year went down poorly with the Leicester supporters resulting in his departure.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 19: Celtic Fans inside Parkhead during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Second Round,Second Leg match between Celtic and Linfield at Celtic Park Stadium on July 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Ange was a manager of the football club, involved in the scouting and acquisition of players from emerging markets, unlike Rodgers, who struggled in the transfer market. Rodgers could develop a number of the players that are at the club, energise the squad and continue the mentality of dominance instilled by Ange.

Rodgers has staggered his return to Celtic games, returning on a couple of occasions to Celtic Park before being spotted at the Scottish Cup Semi Final win over Rangers.

Speaking to BBC back in 2019, Rodgers spoke about why he left Celtic and the answer was due to a lack of investment in the squad to take them towards European progression.

There is also the elephant in the room – the way that Rodgers left the club and the anger that it invoked. If Rodgers were to be afforded the opportunity to return, it would allow him the chance to make up for the manner of his departure.

The Celtic fan growing up presided over an Invincible Treble in his first season, a 69-game unbeaten run as he won seven out of the seven trophies available to him. The departure left a bitter taste in the mouths of everyone involved but his time at Celtic should be fondly remembered and whilst there may be candidates to move the club on, if Brendan is available, we could do a lot worse.

Celtic will inevitably attract a number of managers and coaches keen on the top job in Scottish football given that the Scottish Champions will be defending all three of the domestic trophies as well as taking a crack at the Group Stages of the UEFA Champions League. It will be interesting to see whether there is anything in the rumour that Rodgers is in the running to replace Ange.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.


  1. No! Under any circumstance, NO!
    We have been mistreated by him once before, then by Ange. So absolutely NOT!

  2. If Rodgers comes back, I will consider it the ultimate betrayal of the fans. Desmond and the board need to realise they are only custodians of an ideal. I supported Celtic before Desmond owned them and will be a fan long after he has gone. We need to look at the German model and have fans owning the club.
    Maybe then we could stop them rehashing managers or bringing in failed championship managers.
    We would also have had the Orcs stripped of the titles they Gainesd from cheating and stop them spreading their continuation lie.
    Wake up Celtic fans! Today is the beginning of the end.
    We will get lumped with the cheap option manager Spurs will take CCV, Kyogo, Jota and possibly Hatate and Madea add to that Abada leaving.
    Even the unthinkable looks likely, that is Cal Mac leaving. His comments yesterday after Anges departure read like he is saying goodbye.
    Feels like it did in the days before Ange came in.