It’s been a tough few months for Celtic and Brendan Rodgers. The manager hasn’t had the best start to the season over in Scotland, and it’s fair to say that Celtic have been well below par. Expected to challenge and often dominate at the top of SPFL, it’s not quite gone to plan.
They’re still well within range of the top of the table, with just 3 points separating them from Hearts, but given Celtic’s lofty ambitions, that’s not good enough.
Rodgers, too, has cut a forlorn figure at Celtic – often bemoaning the club’s lack of progress over the summer.
However, despite that, he’s recently reaffirmed his commitment to the club, whilst also rejecting any potential overtures that could come his way from Aston Villa. The Villains recently sacked boss Steve Bruce, and Rodgers has been linked with the post.
It’s certainly a move that will please Celtic fans, but from the perspective of Rodgers, it’s a move that makes little sense, and indeed, it could prove to be his biggest mistake yet.
After all, Celtic is really not a great place to be at the moment. Sure, they’re close to the top of the table, but it’s been their worst start to the season for a while, and it’s clear that the manager has not been able to have as big of an impact as he has in previous years. Things could yet turnaround, and they seem to be going that way, but they could just as easily flip back to the other side too – and that would be hugely problematic for the club.
Furthermore, a move to Villa could be seen as the ideal next step for him. Granted, he’s more used to managing top European sides like Celtic and Liverpool – but Villa could have been the perfect stepping stone to get back on the horse in England. They’re a top side with a rich pedigree, and given their recent struggles, his pedigree would arguably rise far higher than it would by just winning the SPFL again. If he wants to get back to the highest level, then, it would have been a wise move. If successful, he’d be back in the Premier League with Villa, or perhaps another big team could come calling.
Furthermore, whilst the job at Villa is a sizeable one – it’s not impossible. Revamped ownership came in over the summer, and there is a core group of decent players. Jack Grealish is, obviously, the best player at the club, but between the likes of loanees Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie and other players like John McGinn – there is a great core to build around for the next year at least.
Leaving one of Europe’s biggest clubs in Celtic would be tough, and another year of domination must be tempting Rodgers. However, he may not be met with an opportunity like this anytime soon, and it seems like the perfect chance to make a move.
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