“Would I go back to Celtic? Absolutely,” Brendan Rodgers

As we have reported this morning Brendan Rodgers is now the 5/4 favourite to replace Ange Postecoglou as Celtic manager. Here’s a video from a while back (2019) where Rodgers discusses his arrival at Celtic in May 2016 and more importantly gives his views on a possible return to manager the club at some time own the future. He points out that it’s all about timing and if Rodgers is going to manage Celtic again then the time looks like being now.

He appreciates that the welcome back might not be on the scale of the one he enjoyed back in that sunny May afternoon in 2016 when the main stand was filled by thousands of Celtic supporters hailing his arrival to replace Ronny Deila.

Here’s what Rodgers had to say about a possible return to Celtic and remember this video is from a while ago, not from the past few days.

“The situation I was in when I left Liverpool, I had opportunities to go elsewhere, but I felt that at that time at Celtic it was a great opportunity to go in. The club were keen to bring me in, they were in a moment where (the)Rangers were close, they were getting promoted and I went in and created hopefully a really good base.

“That challenge may come again. It was a real challenge to go in that challenge may come in the future and I would have absolutely no hesitation in going back. An incredible club. Like everything else in life it’s just about timing. Whether I will be received back or not is a different story but would I go back to Celtic? Absolutely,” Brendan Rodgers said.

And amid reports that Ange Postecoglou wants to ‘do a Rodgers’ and take the Celtic backroom staff with him to Tottenham, he might find that John Kennedy’s attachment to Celtic is too strong and he may prefer to be the assistant to Rodgers at Celtic rather than do the same job for Ange at Spurs.

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  1. Patrick Cullen on

    sure why not he is a good manager and he knows the club will be even better if other people have moved on ?

  2. Why is nobody talking about John Kennedy as the next manager? Surely he has served his apprenticeship and if Ange is to be believed it was John and the rest of the coaching staff that took training (in Liverpool’s most successful time – from Bill shankly on – for many years they promoted from within; people who knew the system and showed continuity while bringing their own personality to the show and more importantly a lot of success. Perhaps we should now be looking at this). Whatever happens we should be looking to hang on to our backroom staff, they have more than proved their worth and value to the club.
    Hail, Hail

  3. Interesting times.
    How will those fans who derided Rodgers react if he succeeds Ange?
    Rodgers made Celtic a lot of money upon his departure with severance fee.
    He left a squad good enough to go on and succeed.
    Celtic will not gain financially if Ange goes.
    Good luck toAnge withSpurs.He’ll need it with their past form with managers.
    Our concern has to be with the new management’s deployment of the current squad who have bedded in to Ange ball.
    New faces required.
    Hail Hail

    • Sean McGinley on

      I can answer you. I will be sitting every day awaiting the announcement that Brendan Rodgers has left the club !

  4. Allaboutceltic on

    I wouldn’t have a problem in Rogers coming back. The guys a winner and top manager. Yes, some fans would need to forgive and forget, but there would also need to be a clear understanding of his remit and what budgets he will have. It must be at an absolute minimum the same as what Ange was given/promised. Rogers & Lawwell must also have a clear the air big Bhoys sit down, otherwise, it’s a non-starter.

    Good Luck to Ange
    He was exactly what we needed and instead of people feeling sore towards him, should thank him for what he done, and the style of football we witnessed over the last 2 seasons.


  5. My only worry is the players he might want. CCV, Jota, Kyogo, Reo. Kyogo I think might stay. Not sure about the other 3. It’s clear that whether its Rodgers or someone else, we’re going to need new players! I’m not fussed if Ange goes, it would have happened at some point. We need someone who knows who would fit into the Celtic culture, team etc so Rodgers would at least be a logical choice. Potter, he doesn’t know much about the club and who would his backroom be. As long as whoever comes in knows what to expect and is able to buy smartly

    • Kyogo will probably go . He’ll feel obliged to go as Ange brought him from Japan. He’s 28 and doesn’t have many big paydays left either. Wee man will be gutted though.

  6. David Potter on

    Brendan Rodgers I am not sure about. Yes, he knows the club and yes, he brought a great deal of success, but leaving the club in February immediately before a game at Tynecastle still sticks in the throat of most of us. I think we would need a categoric reassurance that we would not do the same again. At least Ange is leaving at the right time and with dignity. If Brendan came back, a lot would depend on how he started. A bad start and the support would turn on him fairly soon.
    But Ange, you are making a big mistake! Please don’t go!

    • Ange obviously was talking nonsense about all this being “ sidetracked “ stuff . No wonder he couldn’t get off the platform quick enough on Sat night.We made him a god like figure which he wasn’t. Football fans always fall for the I’ve always supported Celtic “ line. Some even say he was planning his escape months ago. All this talk

      that the Scottish media was trying to get rid of him,totally crazy. According to latest reports Rogers isn’t interested just now….thank God.