It’s fair to say that Brendan Rodgers’ decision to swap Celtic for Leicester City came as a bit of a shock. The Bhoys, after all, are still on course for a domestic treble, and there was a lot of work still to be done at Celtic Park.
Of course, Rodgers had improved the Celts dramatically since his arrival, and there’s no denying that his original appointment can now be deemed a success; but the timing of his departure is surprising, to say the least.
TalkSport pundit Adrian Durham has waded into the debate, and as per the TalkSport website, the 49-year-old has revealed that he thinks that Rodgers has left, in part, because he’s scared of Steven Gerrard.
He said: “I think he’s actually scared of Steven Gerrard. The fact that Rangers beat Celtic just after Christmas, that’s a worrying sign for Brendan Rodgers.”
He continued: “The gap with Rangers is getting closer and closer. He doesn’t want to be the guy who’s in charge when Rangers overtake Celtic. It’s a little bit about bottle and a bit about managing your own career but I think Gerrard has got him running scared a little bit and that’s why he’s coming to Leicester.”
Certainly, Rodgers has had it largely his own way since moving to Celtic Park. He had an unbeaten season, of course, and that just goes to show the sort of dominance that he enjoyed. However, this term has been far more difficult.
Sure, the Celts are still well ahead in the title race, but the gap has been closing at a rapid pace so far this season. Not to mention, Rangers also picked up a win in the Old Firm back in December, and though that’s just one fixture, that game, in many ways, serves as a microcosm of the campaign more broadly. Celtic aren’t going to have it all their own way, at least for the moment.
Steven Gerrard has been able to improve the Gers rapidly despite only coming in last summer. There’s no telling how much further he could take his team with another transfer window under his belt.
Of course, there are other factors to consider. Rodgers has had his own issues with the club in recent months, whilst a return to the Premier League always seemed like an obvious next natural step for the boss.
However, to leave at this stage, whilst Rangers are improving? It’s hard to see that as just a coincidence, and Durham is clearly convinced that the rise of Celtic’s rivals may have motivated his decision.