Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond has dug his own grave by admitting that he could let Brendan Rodgers leave Parkhead at the end of the season.
Rodgers is the greatest thing to happen to Celtic in a very, very long time and letting the Northern Irishman leave for Arsenal would be a drastic mistake as there’s no way that the Hoops would be able to find a man who will not see the club slip backwards.
After it was announced on Friday that Arsene Wenger will end his 22-year reign in North London, Rodgers was instantly installed as one of the frontrunners for the soon-to-be available Gunners job.
In the media frenzy that followed Arsenal’s announcement, Demsond gave a shock interview to Sky Sports in which he said that he said that he will not stand in Rodgers’ way if the Gunners came calling.
Desmond should be laying down a massive hurdle for Arsenal to overcome if they want the ex-Liverpool boss to succeed Wenger, not rolling over and admitting he could go before anything concrete has come out other than sheer speculation.
This is why Scottish football is not taken seriously south of the border.
Club chief’s are more than happy to just let players or managers go if it means that they can make some decent money.
The Daily Record has reported that an £8million compensation fee would be enough to seal Rodgers’ exit with three years remaining on his deal.
Scottish football will not improve until clubs start to take a stand and say ‘no, you’re not going anywhere’.
Celtic fans will be calling for Demsond to sell up his shares soon enough unless he changes his approach – and fast.