Rodgers reveals plans for future as report links Celtic manager to Premier League
Brendan Rodgers has made the headlines today – although they’re probably not that welcome to either him or the Celtic fans – as he was named on the shortlist for the Arsenal position.
However, he has said his future ambitions are to make Celtic Champions League regulars.
A report in the Daily Mail, has claimed that Arsenal are considering their options at the end of the season, with Arsene Wenger’s position under threat.
And Rodgers has emerged on the shortlist of candidates for a shock return to the Premier League.
However, in an interview for the Coaches’ Voice, as quoted by the Daily Record, Rodgers has said that his immediate ambitions lie with Celtic.
While acknowledging that he can’t do much to improve what Celtic have already achieved domestically, he has said that he wants the club to be more consistent in Europe.
What he wants most of all is to become “regulars” in the Champions League, although success in that arena is proving more elusive.
His team suffered some serious defeats in the Champions League this campaign and, while they qualified for the Europa League, they went out in the first tie to Zenit.
However, Rodgers’ comments should pacify Celtic fans that he doesn’t have his heart set on the Arsenal job – at least in the short term.
“What is vitally important in your next job, I believe, is that you win,” Rodgers said to the Coaches’ Voice. “And that you win in the best way you can.
“I saw that in Celtic. I saw the opportunity to win, but a chance to bring my ideas into another iconic club. There would still be big pressure: 60-odd thousand fans every other week, and a worldwide fanbase.
“The club was in a winning cycle, I knew that. But my idea was to make them win better. To bring in an idea and a philosophy of football that excited the supporters, regenerated the club and its enthusiasm.
Asked what his next targets are, Rodgers said, “In terms of achievement, it’s difficult. Domestically, we can’t improve on much – but we will do our very best to win every game and every competition.
“In Europe, we want to be more consistent, and of course become regulars in the Champions League.”
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