Recently appointed St Mirren manager Alan Stubbs believes that the recent ‘feelgood factor’ in Scottish football was started by Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.
Since Rodgers joined the Hoops in 2016 there has been more than a few high-profile managers appointed to clubs in the Scottish Premiership.
Neil Lennon has joined Hibernian, Steve Clarke took over at Kilmarnock and Steven Gerrard is set to begin his managerial career at Rangers.
Stubbs claims that the success enjoyed by Rodgers in Scotland has encouraged managers who would previously ignored Scottish football to take a chance on the much-maligned Scottish Premiership.
“Brendan has been incredible since he’s come here” Stubbs said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“People now talk about Scottish football in such a positive way and there is a real feelgood factor – and I think Brendan was the catalyst of that.”
Football Insider verdict
The appointment of Brendan Rodgers by Celtic does seem to be a bit of a watershed moment in recent times, and not just because of all the success he has had. The Hoops boss could easily have taken a job in the English Premier League, but decided a move to Scotland would be more beneficial, and so it has proved. The same could also be said of Steve Clarke at Kilmarnock, who is capable of managing at a high level, and in another sense it is also true about Steven Gerrard. Whilst the newly appointed Rangers boss’ performance levels as manager are as yet unknown, it is a big deal that one of the best players in English football in recent years has decided to start his managerial career in Scotland. Scottish football does seem to be changing for the better, and there seems to be no doubt that the success Rodgers has had is part of that.
In other Celtic news, John Hartson has tipped the Hoops to win the league next season