Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has defended Brendan Rodgers for the way he left Celtic for Leicester City back in February.
The 46-year-old is now being linked with a move to Arsenal after less than a year in the job at the Foxes, but Carragher doesn’t think Rodgers should be criticised for pursuing his ambition:
“It was a tough decision for him because this was a job everyone wanted. Managers who couldn’t get the real top six jobs, Leicester was the job everyone wanted with the players they have and the infrastructure.”
“He got it, took that decision and accepted he was going to take a bit of stick from Celtic fans. If he moved now he’d get that tag of jumping ship very quickly from places. He probably would deserve it if he did that right now at Leicester, though I think it was a bit harsh what happened at Celtic.”
Celtic supporters’ ire towards Rodgers is not down to the fact he left the Hoops for a Premier League club, but because of the way he left.
The manager played up the fact that he was a boyhood Celtic supporter, making it clear at the time that he was loyal to the Scottish champions, but that loyalty appeared to go out of the window when he decided to leave midway through the season.
In any case, Celtic have gone from strength to strength under Neil Lennon since Rodgers departed, and the focus of supporters will be firmly on the future rather than what’s gone on in the past.