Celtic have made a flying start in their quest to win a ninth straight Premiership title in a row. But that has not stopped BT Sport Pundit, Robbie Savage, from making a very surprising claim about the quality of the Celtic squad while discussing the departure of Brendan Rodgers from the club.
Brendan Rodgers’ departure in the middle of last season to join Premier League’s Leicester City was met with a lot of anger from the Celtic fans. Many were shocked that the manager would leave the club hanging merely months after claiming that managing the Glasgow side was his “dream job”.
It is understandable for a professional manager to chase the riches that come with the Premier League. But Rodgers had already been to those heights, almost managing to lead Liverpool to the much elusive League title in 2013/14 before agonizingly falling apart in the final weeks of the season. And it was his decision to push the narrative that he was completely dedicated to Celtic for years to come and would not get his head turned by Premier League interest.
Thus, the fans’ anger following his sudden departure in mid-season is completely justified. But it appears that Robbie Savage differs with the viewpoint and believes that Rodgers made the right choice in ditching Celtic for Leicester City. And in order to further solidify his case, he decided to compare the quality of the squads at the two clubs.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5, Savage said:
“For me, not one Celtic player would get in Leicester’s starting XI”
Leicester City are currently in third position on the Premier League table and Brendan Rodgers is looking like more of a genius every passing week. And while the Foxes obviously have a great squad at their disposal, it is hard to believe that none of the Hoops players would make their first team. Not after both Callum McGregor and Kristoffer Ajer were linked with the club in the last transfer window.
Even if they don’t, it still does not justify Brendan Rodgers’ leaving the club that he claimed to his dream job, in the middle of the season. And it was while the side were challenging for three trophies. The fact of the matter is that Celtic’s season could have been completely derailed because of Rodgers’ exit, if not for the timely arrival of Neil Lennon and it feels like he does not get enough credit for the job he has done at the club on short notice.