Brendan Rodgers opens up on controversial Celtic exit

Rodgers gives his explanation

New Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has opened up on his controversial Celtic departure midway through the current campaign.

Claude Puel was sacked by Leicester after the embarrassing 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace just under a week ago.

The Frenchman had failed to impress fans with no wins in his final seven games including six losses.

Shortly after it was announced Puel had been sacked, it emerged that Brendan Rodgers was the target.

The Celtic boss then had a decision to make, whether to leave the Scottish giants midway through the season or reject the job.

He chose the former and that angered a lot of Celtic fans with so much still to play for in the current campaign.

Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on December 2, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I believe this opportunity wasn’t going to wait for me”

Now, Rodgers has responded to that angry reaction.

The former Liverpool boss explained that the Leicester job was not going to wait for him and it was simply too good to turn down.

“If I was making the decision with my heart I would be at Celtic for life,” he explained, as quoted by the Mirror. 

“It is an incredible football club I have supported all my life.

“I have family who are deeply upset but I was presented with an opportunity that came to me and had to remove that emotion.

“I understand the timing issue because if there was an ideal time it would have been in the summer, absolutely.

“This was an opportunity which arose and I had a decision I had to make very quickly.

“I believe this opportunity wasn’t going to wait for me.

“This was an opportunity I felt was too good to turn down and I am very happy I made the move.”


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Celtic fans start hate campaign against Leicester’s Brendan ‘fraud’ Rodgers

It would be an understatement to say Celtic fans took Rodgers’ exit badly.

They made their thoughts known during the game against Hearts.

Click here to see how they did so.