Brendan Rodgers achieved a lot at Celtic, and for that reason, he’s left his name in the history books at Celtic Park. Between the unbeaten season and the consecutive domestic trophy success, no other team in Scotland has been able to come close to the dominance that the Northern Irishman has enjoyed in recent years.
There’s no getting away from the fact that Rodgers has done well. However, unfortunately for him, there’s also no getting away from the fact that by leaving the club at this stage, he’s done himself a real disservice.
Celtic’s decision to move quickly to replace him with Neil Lennon will help to cushion the blow for the Hoops, but make no mistake, this is going to leave Brendan Rodgers’ legacy at Celtic in tatters.
After all, he could not have left the Hoops at a worse time. In the context of the season, sure, Celtic are in the driving seat for the SPFL title, but there are still many forks in the road ahead – including another Old Firm derby – and so to suggest that the job in the league is anything close to done is a mistake. There’s still a lot of hard matches ahead of Celtic, and so to be looking ahead to them with a new manager is far from ideal.
There were moments in which he made Celtic Park look like the place of his dreams. Now, however, it’s looking like he only ever viewed it as a stepping stone.
The rise of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers is too a concern. If Rodgers had left a year or so ago, it wouldn’t have been as big of an issue. The Celts were dominating, and nobody could come close. However, that’s no longer the case. Competition in Scotland hasn’t been this fierce for years, and if Celtic aren’t continually at their best, the gap between them and Rangers will reduce. Unfortunately, by leaving Celtic in the lurch, he’s inviting unnecessary pressure from Rangers – and that’s not good for the Bhoys.
You can also point at the speed at which Rodgers has moved on. It was impossible to envision the manager leaving Celtic a few days ago, as the decision to leave the club following interest from Leicester City has only come in the last 48 hours. Honestly, that doesn’t look good for Rodgers, as it indicates that he didn’t think twice about leaving the club. He didn’t take the time to consider the implications, nor did he think about the fans. He simply decided that a move was best for his career. In truth, it’s a very selfish decision from the boss.
If Rodgers had left at the end of the season, it would be frustrating, make no mistake, but it would be understandable. There is more glory, more money and more opportunities on offer in the Premier League, and there’s no way around that. However, to leave Celtic at such an important time speaks volumes about Brendan Rodgers and his time at the club. There were moments in which he made Celtic Park look like the place of his dreams. Now, however, it’s looking like he only ever viewed it as a stepping stone.