Rodgers aims massive dig at the Premier League after committing future to Celtic
By Matt Farr
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has taken a massive dig at the Premier League after committing his long-term future to the club.
Rodgers was rewarded for leading the club to a sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title with a new four-year contract this moth, which will keep him at Parkhead until 2021.
After putting pen to paper on a fresh deal, the 44-year-old shared his delight and reiterated his long-term ambitions for the club, in doing so taking a swipe at the Premier League, his former stomping ground.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the former Premier League boss insisted that there is no bigger challenge than at a non-financial superpower like Celtic, aiming a massive dig at the heavy-spending elite in England’s top tier.
He said: “As a coach, I couldn’t ask for a bigger challenge, to make Celtic a force in Europe without the finances available at other clubs.
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“That’s why I signed for four years. If I went back to the Premier League I’d have went into millions upon millions of pounds, where it’s all about buying.
“What is forgotten about is nurturing players. We’re a blue chip club who always want top players. But we also have to bring young ones through and that’s the challenge I’m looking forward to.”
Since arriving at the club last summer, Rodgers has nurtured the likes of Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Dembele into top-class talents, with each player having been linked with big-money moves to the Premier League.
But Rodgers’ primary ambition is to make Celtic a force to be reckoned with in European competitions, with the Champions League the biggest challenge on the table.
Celtic finished bottom of their Champions League group with just one win from six games, having been drawn alongside Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.
But they face an important period this summer in their bid to qualify for the competition next season, where the Celtic chief will be hoping they can push on and make a bigger impact.
Fulfilling that ambition without the riches of a Premier League side, however, will be a tough ask, but Rodgers is relishing the opportunity to prove with Celtic that it is not just about finances.