On the 20th May 2016, Celtic announced the arrival of former Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers in a move that caught the eye of many fans north border. Rodgers was sacked a few months into the season following a 1-1 draw with Everton and replaced by former Borussia Dortmund’s manager, Jurgen Klopp.
After narrowly missing out on the Premier League title in 2014, Rodgers struggled to reach the same lofty heights the following season and despite signing a new four-year deal, the former Swansea boss was fighting an uphill battle in his final year with Liverpool. Despite that, his arrival prompted a huge amount of excitement from the fans.
best news I've seen coming out of Celtic for a good while, he'll be great for us mags. What do you reckon?
— fionnbhárr bradley (@fionnbharrsean) May 20, 2016
Brilliant. Well done for getting this appointment.
— Árd Macha (@Ard_Macha) May 20, 2016
ya dancer ye superb Hail Hail Brendan
— (@cass2112) May 20, 2016
Ya beauty!!! Hail hail
— BrianM (@RobRoyFcFan) May 20, 2016
brilliant choice of manager, welcome to Celtic Brendan
— M A R K (@MarkDerKaiser) May 20, 2016
this makes me very happy. Well done Celtic. I’m looking forward to next season.
— Dazzler (@dazbo88) May 20, 2016
And entering his third season with the club, it looks as though the Celtic faithful were right to praise the appointment of the former Liverpool man.
While it takes most managers time to bed in, Rodgers’ first season with the club brought incredible success. Although some critics will point to the fact that Rodgers was taking over a side that had the biggest budget in the league and the best team against a host of fairly average opposing teams, to win the domestic treble is still a great achievement. Furthermore, it was only the fourth time in the club’s history and also a season where Celtic went unbeaten domestically.
That season alone would’ve probably amounted to enough for the Celtic fans but the following year, the club would again to reach the heights of Scottish football. The club continued their run of unbeaten games to 63, to beat the 100-year British unbeaten domestic record of 62. Although the club’s 69 game unbeaten run ended abruptly, Celtic still managed to win the domestic treble to record the first ever ‘Double Treble’ in Scottish football history – while also extending their unbeaten run against Rangers to 12 games.
After two years of incredible success, the only criticism that can be held against Rodgers is the club’s poor form in Europe. With Moussa Dembele departing the club, and the sensational on loan Patrick Roberts returning to City and now at Girona, Rodgers’ job has got even harder.
However, considering how many trophies Rodgers has won during his time at the club, his arrival must surely be seen as a successful one.