Celtic news: Brendan Rodgers dismisses England talk

By Wayne Veysey

30th Jun, 2016 | 11:36am

Celtic boss Rodgers pokes fun at England rumours, mentions Mourinho

By Coral Barry

Brendan Rodgers has laughed off the possibility of him taking up the vacant England post.

The Celtic boss has been mentioned alongside the likes of Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate as possible candidates for the post, but Rodgers has now moved to distance himself from such talk.

Rodgers is yet to take charge of his first game as Celtic boss and insisted he is going nowhere anytime soon.

“I’ve just landed my dream job and I haven’t even walked out for my first game,” Rodgers told the Scottish Sun.

“I haven’t put a foot wrong here! Brilliant. I see Jose Mourinho has also been linked with it.

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“He’s unbeaten too . . . Is it flattering? It’s football. There are very few professions where one minute you are up, then down, then up again — that’s just how it goes.

“If people think I can do jobs at a high level, then that’s fine. But I’m busy here, worrying about what I have to do at Celtic.”

Celtic are back in pre-season training and are preparing for their first friendly against NK Celje on June 30 before opening their Champions League campaign on July 12 or 13.

Their opponent is yet to be confirmed, but Rodgers will be eager to leave behind the previous two years of what many perceive as failure to qualify for the competition’s group stage in Ronny Deila’s reign as manager.

The frustration of falling short in the Champions League was a major point of contention between Deila and the Celtic fans and Rodgers will be looking to ensure he does not start his tenure in a similar tone.

Rodgers is currently in Slovenia with his players as they continue their preparations where Celtic will play four games in just ten days as they gear up for their first competitive match.

In other Celtic news, new signing Moussa Dembele has been tipped to emulate Romelu Lukaku in the Scottish Premiership.