“It’s slightly easier at Celtic because there’s a moral issue.” Why Rodgers won’t stop any want away stars

BRENDAN RODGERS has spoken again about the moral issue that exists at Celtic in relation to his playing staff when the mega-rich English Premier League clubs come calling.

He starts by reflecting on his time at Liverpool when he had some very different challenges to contend with and reckons that the job is perhaps slightly easier at Celtic Park because of this ‘moral issue’- first mentioned by the manager a week or so ago when talking about a potential bid arriving from England for Kieran Tierney.

Rodgers understands that Celtic is a huge club in every way possible – except financial and this simply comes down to the huge television revenues earned by the the clubs in the Premier League and the pittance Celtic and the other Scottish Premiership clubs receive.

What is worrying is that he expects his turn-over of players to be higher at Celtic than at Liverpool due to this financial imbalance. With only Stuart Armstrong leaving for England since Rodgers took over at Celtic in May 2016 then the turnover is very low.

Indeed Armstrong always had his career planned and saw Celtic as a stepping stone to England’s top league so he was always going to be a buy and sell type of player for Celtic.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who 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

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