Brendan Rodgers has decided to leave Celtic after three-and-a-half years with the Scottish giants, it was revealed on Tuesday morning.
The Northern Irish coach is currently in talks with Leicester City and is expected to be named as Claude Puel’s successor within the next 24 hours.
The news comes as a huge blow to Celtic, who are currently on course to secure a treble-treble.
Rodgers has enjoyed tremendous success at Celtic Park, winning back-to-back Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup titles, as well as three successive Scottish League Cups.
However, the former Liverpool boss clearly feels he’s taken Celtic as far as he can and is ready to return to English football for the first time since October 2015, when he was replaced by Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
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“Celtic Football Club today confirmed that it has been approached by Leicester City FC to speak to Brendan Rodgers with regards to their current managerial vacancy,” Celtic confirmed in a statement on their website.
“Brendan has indicated to the Club that this is an opportunity he wishes to investigate further and therefore, very reluctantly, the Club has granted him permission to speak to Leicester City.”
Kolo Toure and assistant Chris Davies are also poised to join Rodgers at the King Power Stadium.
Celtic, meanwhile, are set to appoint Neil Lennon until the end of the season.
News of Rodgers’ sudden departure will come as a boost to Rangers, who currently sit eight points behind their fierce rivals in the Scottish Premiership table.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, who was managed by Rodgers at Anfield, gave his thoughts about the news to reporters on Tuesday morning.
"It seems (the lure of Premier League has been a big factor) otherwise he'd have declined the opportunity to talk to Leicester,” the ex-Premier League star was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"I'm not really surprised by the timing because these things happen.
“Brendan has done ever so well at Celtic over the years so it's no surprise that other clubs are watching him and wanting to acquire his services."
Unlike some, Gerrard isn’t surprised by the timing of Rodgers’ decision to leave Celtic.
Some people believe Rodgers should have waited until the end of the season, ensuring Celtic finish the season as Scottish champions once more, before jumping ship.
However, as Gerrard says, it’s no surprise that Premier League clubs have been keen to seal Rodgers’ signature following the excellent work he’s done north of the border.
It’s Leicester City, though, who have successfully managed to lure Rodgers back to the Premier League.News Now - Sport News