“People are looking and trying to find ways to somehow bring you down,” Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and BBC Scotland reporter Jane Lewis have now both spoken since the outcry following on from Brendan’s ‘Good Girl’ remark at the and of his interview with the publicly funded broadcaster at Fir Park on Sunday afternoon.

Jane Lewis, as we have mentioned already on The Celtic Star, was unfazed by the comment and she continues to have a good professional relationship with Brendan Rodgers, who today admitted that he is saddened by the outcry why suggesting the motives from many were merely to bring him down.

Speaking this afternoon at his media conference ahead of the Scottish Premiership match against Dundee at Celtic Park tomorrow night, the Celtic manager outlined his own thoughts on the agenda fuelled row. “I will address it because I’ve obviously been aware of it (recent backlash),” Rodgers said.

“I found (the reaction) saddening as much as anything because one, I’m not that type of person. But also it saddened me for society now, because people are looking and trying to find ways to somehow bring you down if they can. It’s not nice.

“You guys since I’ve been up here know I’ve always based my life on relationships. I’ve always offered warmth, respect, been courteous and offered time to people. That will never change. So obviously when there was that little bit that was out there – or a big bit, however it was – I feel the need to address that.

“I deal with people in life, players, helping them become better, and even in the media. I’ve spoken to Jane and she wasn’t offended. We had a laugh about it, she’ll continue to ask me awkward questions I’m sure. I see her every week and we’ve got a good relationship like I have with most people in my life, professional or social.

“The irony of it is, I shared with the players recently the story of Jessica Watson. She’s a young woman who travelled round the world solo in a boat. The documentary I watched was really inspiring. I shared that with the players in terms of the inspiration we could take from a young woman like that.”

Jane Lewis has also clarified her own views on the matter, via a social media post from his BBC colleague Chris McLaughlin.

He posted: “Jane Lewis responding to fall out from Sunday’s post match interview with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: “Clearly, the interview on Sunday has become a talking point. I don’t believe there was any offence meant by Brendan Rodgers – and for my part, there was none taken.”

Can we all move on now? BBC Radio Scotland had an hour long phone-in about Brendan Rodgers saying ‘Good Girl’ on Sunday. Why not concentrate on things like this?

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  1. Rob O’Keeffe on

    SNP foreign affairs spokesperson? Who? Does that include England,Wales and the North of Our Ireland? #pretendyembassies