Rodgers rules out Aston Villa move as Wright accepts Swanson’s red card

BRENDAN RODGERS ruled himself out of running to take over from Steve Bruce as Aston Villa manager this afternoon after his side found their scoring boots to put six past St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Asked by the BBC if he was ruling himself out for the Villa job, Brendan said “Yeah. The only thing is I would say is that there’s always speculation. What I know from my time in England, Aston Villa’s a huge club. It’s a top Premier League club that’s in the Championship.

“But for me I’m so happy here at Celtic. I’m the Celtic manager, I love it here and still have lots of challenges that excite me here.”

Meanwhile Saints boss Tommy Wright was furious with his sinner Danny Swanson who was shown a straight red card for a common assault on James Forrest, presumably thinking it was the only way to stop the Prestwick Pele in this type of form.

“I’ve seen them given as yellow but I don’t think if you appeal it’s an obvious error because the referee will argue he’s made no attempt to play the ball,” Wright says. “I can’t see it being overturned.

“Danny’s a passionate player. He was angry with the first half performance of the team and he’s probably carried that out onto the pitch. It’s the wrong type of passion. He’s apologised. He knows he’s let his team mates down.”

After a decent first ten minutes it all went horribly wrong for the home side, as Wright recognised.

“We started nice and bright,” he told BBC Sportsound. “But then the game totally flipped. After that we didn’t make a tackle until Steven Anderson came on. I’m disappointed with the manner of the goals. We can defend a lot better.

“The players need to be braver on the ball, because they are good enough. There were too many cheap turnovers.”

Speaking about Celtic’s performance on Sportsound Peter Houston had this to say: “Brendan Rodgers will be absolutely delighted because there has been a bit of stick flying around and there have been questions asked.

“Today we saw Celtic playing a brand of football that was absolutely magnificent.”


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