When Brendan Rodgers moved to Celtic, it’s fair to say that some eyebrows were raised. The manager had enjoyed a successful spell at Swansea City, but his reign at Liverpool ended badly, and his reputation took a sizeable hit as a result.
Despite a good spell at Anfield, when things went poorly, they really went poorly – and the boss was unable to recover. So, when Celtic made their move, there was likely some concern that he perhaps wasn’t the best man for the job. Everyone knows that he was a good manager, of course, but moving to such a big club after such a poor spell always comes with a huge sense of risk.
Fast forward to 2018, though, and that decision from the Hoops is quickly proving to be a masterstroke. Whilst Celtic had dominated Scotland previously, Rodgers took the team to the next level, and since that point, they’ve only gotten better.
Under his tutelage, they’ve won practically everything available to them, with two League Cups, two league titles and two Scottish Cups under their belt over the course of two seasons.
Despite all of their success over the last few years, though, it’s this season that has proven Rodgers’ quality more than anything else. It hasn’t been the smoothest campaign, but that’s what makes it so interesting.
Early in the season, Celtic lost games against the likes of Hearts, AEK, Salzburg and Kilmarnock, and for a team that had previously gone unbeaten in the Scottish top flight, that says a lot. Furthermore, it was the manner in which these performances were conducted, with the Hoops looking like a shadow of their former selves.
However, as quickly as things fell apart, they grew back together. A big 2-0 loss in the Europa League back in October appeared to be the making of the Hoops. They bounced back, and they proceeded to win the next 3 games 3-0, 5-0 and 5-0 respectively.
The true test of a man is not how he does when things are going well, but how he handles adversity – and Rodgers passed his test with flying colours.
That form has continued over the last few weeks, with wins against the likes of RB Leipzig and Hamilton coming recently. To top it all off, Celtic completed their return to form on Sunday with a win over Aberdeen in the League Cup final. It was another good performance from the Hoops, cementing their spot at the top of the pile in Scotland as a result.
Rodgers’ run as the Celtic boss hasn’t been smooth, on but on the field, they’ve been better than ever after a very rocky start, and if the boss is able to keep it up for much longer, he’ll continue to build what is already a very impressive legacy.
If Celtic’s recent form is anything to go by, it’s almost looking like the famous treble-treble is a foregone conclusion. The true test of a man is not how he does when things are going well, but how he handles adversity – and Rodgers passed his test with flying colours.