According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was offered a route out of Parkhead during the summer. The former Liverpool boss took over at Celtic Park back in 2016 and has since overseen an outstanding few years in charge of the Bhoys, leading them to back-to-back domestic trebles to underline their domination of football north of the border.
Yet manager Rodgers has confirmed that he was offered a job in China during the off-season, only to turn it down, and while the Northern Irishman’s loyalty deserves credit, his side’s turbulent start to the season and the difficult transfer window he oversaw may leave him regretting not exiting Parkhead during the summer.
Ultimately, the job Rodgers has done at Celtic has been nothing short of magnificent in winning each of the last six domestic trophies, with his first season at Parkhead particularly impressive given he led the Bhoys to an unbeaten Scottish Premiership campaign.
And while they weren’t quite as all-conquering last time round, they were again a cut-above the rest, but Steven Gerrard’s appointment at Rangers and the subsequent optimism that generated had many expecting Celtic to push the boat out and state their intentions during the summer transfer window.
Yet that simply didn’t happen with Rodgers only able to bring in six new signings, of which three were free transfers and two were loans, and that relative inactivity appears to have taken its toll in what has been the Bhoys’ worst start to a season in 20 years.
The Scottish giants have won just three of their opening six Scottish Premiership matches to sit sixth in the division and already six points behind leaders Hearts – Rodgers last weekend admitted that the fans needed to be ‘alarmed’ at their start.
And with the 45-year-old unable to properly strengthen his squad during the summer, one wonders whether he can indeed turn it around at Celtic Park this season, and thus whether he can maintain Celtic’s incredible domination of Scottish football that has been evident ever since he took the job little over two years ago – he may have taken them as far as he can.
The ex-Liverpool boss has never been one to shirk a challenge during his managerial career, but with things looking bleak at Celtic at present, the Northern Irishman may well be regretting opting against getting out of the club during the close season.
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