Commons reveals how Celtic boss Rodgers threatened to sack players if they did this
By Danny Wright
Former Celtic player Kris Commons has revealed that Brendan Rodgers threatened to sack members of his squad if they were to criticise others for doing extra training.
The former Liverpool manager has done wonders since he arrived at Parkhead last summer and led the Hoops to a domestic treble last term without suffering a defeat.
One of the more notable changes that has taken place in the Celtic squad is how certain players have seen their performances improve after the change of management.
Stuart Armstrong has seen himself become one of the key midfielders in the Bhoys team while players like Scott Sinclair have come in from Premier League obscurity to being one of the best attackers in the whole Scottish Premiership.
Commons, 33, was released by the Hoops at the end of last season, and he has relived an early message that Rodgers sent out to his squad at a training session after a player was mocked for working hard.
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“One of the first training sessions when we were in pre-season, the lads were walking off the park and I think someone said, ‘look at him over there doing extra training’,” Commons said, as quoted by BBC Sport on their website.
“Brendan got the group together and said, ‘Listen, if I hear that phrase again on the training ground you’ll be out the door. There’s a boy there looking to do extra work, working hard, wanting to earn more money, wanting to do better things in the game, improve his weaknesses,’ and since that day everyone’s on the training ground until one-two o’clock now.”
Commons failed to earn a single appearance under the charge of Rodgers and is still trying to find a new club after he was released at the end of his contract.
In his six years at Parkhead, the attacking midfielder scored 89 goals in 227 appearances.