In our Transfers that shook the club feature, Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at deals that had many may not have seen coming and the impact that they had during their time by using statistical data and pundit remarks.
Celtic’s appointment of Brendan Rodgers in May 2016, per Transfermarkt, was a statement from the Hoops. His progress from an assistant to a Premier League manager in a short period highlighted his determination to succeed.
He also had a very successful career in charge of Swansea, getting them promoted to the Premier League and then making sure they stayed in the division. He was praised heavily for his progress at both theses sides, with some believing that given more time he could have won the league at Liverpool.
He had some expectation to fulfil at Celtic as the club were in the middle of a very successful period. They had just won their fifth consecutive league title and the fans were loving their dominance in Scotland. However, what Rodgers would then go on to do would make the club even more dominant and emphasise how good a manager he was for them.
His two- and-a-half seasons were truly glorious as he won five domestic cups and the league title twice. He achieved the unthinkable as they completed the double treble whilst he was in charge, per Transfermarkt, and broke the 100-year-old British unbeaten domestic record with a 69-game undefeated run, per BBC Sport. This meant they went a whole season undefeated and the 2016/17 team are known affectinately as the ‘Invincibles’.
He ranks as the fourth-best manager in their history in terms of win percentages, as he managed a 69.82% win record having won 118 out of 169 games, via fitbastats.
It was a great appointment and somehow he managed to make Celtic even more dominant in Scotland that they were before his arrival and it was truly a move that shook the club.
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