Moussa Dembele was the high-profile departure at Celtic this summer after the Frenchman joined Ligue 1 outfit Lyon on deadline day.
But, as well as Dembele, the SPL champions also lost another talented player in midfielder Stuart Armstrong.
Armstrong left Celtic Park for Southampton back in June and has recently spoken about why he decided now was the right time to seek a new challenge.
“Because I was [at] Dundee United and then Celtic, it was eight years of playing the same teams over and over again,” Armstrong told the Evening Times.
“The fixture list (in England) excites me, going to these new places, new stadiums that you have watched on the TV and been to as a young boy. That’s exciting.”
“The time was right. The summer before, I had some thoughts about it, but I had had one season with Brendan Rodgers, and I wanted another.”
In the end, Rodgers’ influence was not enough to keep Armstrong at Celtic Park. However, Armstrong’s words reaffirms the sort of pulling power his former manager has.
Albeit he too departed Celtic this summer for a new challenge, Dembele’s arrival in Glasgow back in 2016 following interest from Premier League clubs — including Tottenham (via Sky Sports) — was evidence that both Rodgers and Celtic can entice quality players into their direction.
With the above in mind, the Celtic board must start backing Rodgers in future transfer windows in order for the club to progress and make their mark in the Champions League.