Brendan Rodgers is ‘in the mix’ to be named as the next Arsenal manager, and that he would decided to quit the Hoops for London if he was offered the post, according to a reliable insider.
The Transfer Window podcast (3m:00s), featuring insider Ian McGarry who is a former journalist, made the claim regarding Rodgers and Arsenal and McGarry also revealed that Rodgers turned down an earlier approach from Everton to become their new manager.
“Brendan is in the mix – that’s for sure” he stated on the podcast.
“Brendan has always been an ambitious coach who wants to return to England or a club abroad if a challenge came up.
“Arsenal is one of the best jobs in football so I think Brendan would take the job.
“Arsenal is a club he could not turn down despite his love of Celtic.
“When the Everton job was up for grabs, Brendan was definitely contacted but he didn’t think it was right for him.”
Rodgers has been a huge success at the Hoops since joining the club in May 2016. He has won all the domestic competitions he has entered so far, and set a British record of 69 domestic matches without defeat.
He has also managed to qualify for the massively lucrative Champions League group stages in both of his seasons in Glasgow so far.
Football Insider verdict
Although Rodgers may be prepared to take the Arsenal job, the time doesn’t seem right for him to depart the Hoops just yet. Arsenal seems like a club about to go into a series of upheaval, and there is the daunting prospect of replacing Arsene Wenger, who has been at the club for more than 20 years and will cast a huge shadow. There is also the fact that the Gunners are unlikely to be in the Champions League next season, whilst the Hoops will at the very least have a chance to qualify for the competition next season. The timing just doesn’t seem right for Rodgers to leave Celtic at the moment, but the speculation will no doubt continue.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been linked with Celta Vigo striker Borja Iglesias