Brendan Rodgers to leave Celtic for Leicester
The likes of the BBC are calling it.
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is leaving Celtic to join Leicester City.
The move comes days after Leicester sacked Claude Puel following a 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
The BBC are reporting that “Brendan Rodgers is expected to become Leicester City’s new manager after Celtic gave him permission to speak to the Premier League club.”
Brendan Rodgers is expected to become Leicester City's new manager after Celtic gave him permission to speak to the Premier League club.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 26, 2019
More detail has been provided by Scottish paper The Herald. Not only are Leicester planning top inch Celtic’s manager, but also his staff.
It is understood that Kolo Toure and assistant Chris Davies will join Rodgers at the Premier League club.
The Scotsman report that Leicester may have to pay Celtic 6 million pounds to land Rodgers and the others.
— The Scotsman (@TheScotsman) February 26, 2019
Neil Lennon’s Celtic return
The managerial merry-go-round will continue to spin as Neil Lennon is make his return to Celtic.
Lennon is available having left his post at Hibs last month. The Scotsman announce:
Celtic are expected to turn to Neil Lennon to take the side on an interim basis.
A former captain and manager of the Parkhead side, Lennon could be in charge as soon as the trip to Tynecastle tomorrow evening. If not, his first game could well see him return to Easter Road as Celtic take on Hibs in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.
Neil Lennon looks like he’s back in at Celtic… Brendan Rodgers off to Leicester… surprising timing for Brendan to leave now and not in the summer…
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) February 26, 2019
Social media reaction
Vardy to perform the Kolo-Yaya song on Rodgers' first day: 4/6
— Joe Brewin (@JoeBrewinFFT) February 26, 2019
As it goes, Rodgers should be a really good appointment for Leicester. They've got decent defenders, so he won't need to do too much there, and there's plenty of attacking players and young talent for him to work with. I daresay he might try and win a cup too.
— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) February 26, 2019
A very good match.
A lot of Leicester supporting friends loved Ranieri but their favourite ever manager was Martin O'Neill.
Brendan fuses the development/playing elements are LCFC looking for with a bit of the O'Neill, self-styled, 'underdog messiah' stuff. He'll go down well. https://t.co/uOxlbLSb6t
— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) February 26, 2019
Looks like Brendan Rodgers is leaving Celtic — immediately — to take over at Leicester. Really good appointment for #LCFC, but amazed that he seems desperate to go now, with Celtic on the verge of a treble treble. Why not tell Leicester to wait? Bizarre – and disappointing.
— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) February 26, 2019