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Pundit’s Choice: Brendan Rodgers

Pundit’s Choice: Brendan Rodgers

Celtic supporters have been making a lot of noise throughout the two-week break for internationals after seeing their team win the Old Firm derby just prior to the interruption.

Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their meeting with bitter rivals Rangers having beaten Suduva and Hamilton in their preceding two league games, and they made it three wins on the trot at Parkhead last time out. An Olivier Ntcham strike was enough to secure a deserved 1-0 success for the Bhoys at Celtic Park, thus moving Rodgers’ side up to second place in the Scottish Premiership table, four points clear of Steven Gerrard’s Light Blues.

Thus, there have been many delighted Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be interested in recent comments from ex-midfielder and now-BBC pundit Danny Murphy, who believes that manager Rodgers is ‘destined’ for a return to the Premier League in the ‘not too distant future’.

And while some Celtic supporters may not be overly fazed by those comments, they are unlikely to delight several members of the Parkhead faithful given the job Rodgers has done north of the border – although it does appear that Murphy may well have a point.

Ultimately, while the Bhoys were the dominant force in Scottish football in the years prior to the 45-year-old’s arrival back in 2016, there is little doubting that he has taken them to the next level during his stint at Parkhead.

In his first season, not only did he lead them to the domestic treble, but the Bhoys accumulated a staggering 106 points from their 38 Scottish Premiership matches, remaining unbeaten throughout the campaign and dropping just eight points – it was a sensational season.

And while they didn’t go unbeaten through the following season, they again won the league, the Scottish League Cup, and Scottish Cup to further emphasise their domination of football north of the border – Rodgers has taken a club that was already at the summit to the next level.

Yes, things haven’t quite been as good on the European stage, what with his side failing to even qualify for the Champions League this season, but given the financial resources haven’t quite been there for the ex-Liverpool chief, certainly in recent times, the job he is doing at Parkhead is quite brilliant – there’s a reason he was linked with the Arsenal job prior to Unai Emery’s appointment.

As such, having won back-to-back domestic trebles, one does wonder whether that is as far as Rodgers can take this Celtic team – they peaked in the first season in going unbeaten, and while they again dominated last term, four defeats suggest that they maybe aren’t as invincible as they once were.

And alongside the financial constraints, which saw the Bhoys bring just six players to Parkhead during the summer, Rodgers himself may feel that his hands are somewhat tied in terms of trying to take the club forward – competing in European competition is vastly different and much more difficult than competing in Scotland.

So while Celtic fans aren’t going to like Murphy’s recent comments, not least because they have arrived on the eve of their return to Scottish Premiership action against St Mirren, he is probably right to suggest that Rodgers will return to the Premier League in the near future.

Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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