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Rodgers is playing his cards right by rejecting China for Celtic stay

Rodgers is playing his cards right by rejecting China for Celtic stay

Celtic got back to winning ways on Wednesday night after beating St. Johnstone 1-0 at McDiarmid Park in the Scottish League Cup. 

The Bhoys were coming fresh off a 2-1 SPL defeat away at Kilmarnock, piling more misery on what has been a disappointing start to the season for the club.

Brendan Rodgers, however, is confident his side’s fortunes will change while also being adamant that his future is in Glasgow having turned down approaches on multiple occasions — including a recent one from China — since arriving in Glasgow back in 2016.

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Speaking to Sky Sports after Celtic’s win against St. Johnstone, Rodgers said: “Since I have been at Celtic I have had a few offers. So that [China one] is no different to any of the others.

“My focus is very much on Celtic, trying to help us rise to the challenge of this season. What you know with China is it’s an awful lot of money, big money, but I have found happiness here. I spoke to the owners of the club and the board and we find an agreement and move on.

“I have had other opportunities but I am very much here, I have this year and two more years on my contract.”

With the influx of money in Chinese football, a host of high-profile coaches have taken to the Chinese Super League to take up managerial roles.

And while the financial gain obviously makes any proposition an attractive one, Rodgers has made the correct call in staying at Celtic Park.

After a very disappointing end to his Liverpool tenure, Rodgers’ stock took quite the hit. However, at Celtic, the 45-year-old has managed to rebuild his reputation having gone a season unbeaten at the club on top of winning back-to-back domestic trebles playing an attractive brand of football.

There will come a time where Rodgers will be interested in seeking a new challenge, but that challenge should not be in China at this stage of his career.

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