Celtic legend Chris Sutton is convinced Brendan Rodgers has the same leadership aura as legendary Parkhead boss Martin O’Neill.
At 43, Rodgers is beginning a new chapter in his managerial career in Scotland having recently managed in England where he guided Liverpool to a second place finish in the 2013-14 season.
Rodgers was applauded for his attacking style at Anfield as his team nearly won the league title but 18 months later was given the boot.
Sutton, who won the Premier League with Blackburn, made 130 appearances for the Glasgow club and scored 63 goals under the stewardship of then-manager O’Neill.
The three-time Scottish champion believes Rodgers has got the same aura as his fellow northern Irishman.
“This is what happens when you have a heavyweight manager,” Sutton told the Daily Record. “There’s shades of Martin O’Neill about Rodgers. He is the one dictating everything at the club and I must admit it’s good to see.”
The Republic of Ireland manager was in charge of the Bhoys for five years in the noughties and went on to become the club’s most successful manager since Jock Stein.
The 64-year-old won three League titles, including finishing runners-up in the 2003 UEFA cup final to Jose Mourinho’s Porto.
Sutton believes Rodgers’ plan to change the pre-season schedule was a sign that he was calling the shots at the club and this is something previous manager Ronny Deila would not have done.
“Rodgers was having none of it. He wanted to go straight out there and he got his wish. It says it all,” said Sutton. “It will probably cost the club about £50,000 but the manager is calling the shots.
“No disrespect to Ronny Deila but would he have been able to pull off something like this? I doubt it. Ronny was happy to go with the flow but Rodgers is clearly calling the shots.”