Ex men: Former boss Brendan Rodgers would not sell Sturridge

By Matt Bullin

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he would love the opportunity to manage on the international stage.

Rodgers’ first season with the Hoops is drawing to a close and he is eyeing up a historic treble, having already secured the Scottish Premiership title and the Scottish League Cup.

He has also led his side to 44 domestic games unbeaten this campaign, beating second-place Aberdeen 3-1 on Friday.

Dedryck Boyata, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths all netted inside the first 11 minutes to hand their side a 3-0 lead, before Jonny Hayes pulled one back for the hosts at Pittodrie.

The former Liverpool and Swansea boss also won the Scottish PFA’s Manager of the Year award.

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However he has revealed he would love the opportunity to manage an international side – and although he doesn’t reveal who his preferred team would be, he drops a huge hint about it being one of the home nations.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, he said: “One day in my life I’d like to be an international manager.

“The ability to work with a group of players and go to a major championships would be amazing.

“I’m Northern Irish and very proud of that. But I’ve worked in England all my life virtually. I’ve worked in Wales and in Scotland.

“It’s an experience I want to have. If I’m going to be coaching for another 20-odd years then at some point I’d be open to the possibility of going to a World Cup or European Championships.”

Celtic fans will hope Rodgers sticks with the Parkhead club for a few more years because of the success he has brought to the club before realising his international dream.

Next up for Celtic and Rodgers is a Thursday night trip to Firhill to take on Partick Thistle, in their penultimate game of the Premiership.

In other Celtic news, the club are eyeing this pair for a double raid.

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