By James Black
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp thinks Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will be wanted by England’s top clubs over the next few years – but admits he thinks Rodgers was harshly treated by Liverpool.
Rodgers has been a huge success since taking over at Celtic in 2016 and has yet to lose a domestic game in charge of the Hoops.
He has also guided Celtic to the Champions League group stage in both seasons and could take them a stage further and reach the knockout stages.
The Celtic boss had three-and-a-half years with Liverpool and guided the Reds to second in the Premier League but failed to win a trophy in his time at Anfield making him the first Liverpool manager since the 1950s not to win a trophy after three seasons in charge.
Redknapp thinks Rodgers was poorly treated by Liverpool but has made people sit up and notice his achievements in Glasgow.
When asked if England’s top clubs may come calling, Redknapp said he was in no doubt that Rodgers would be in line.
“Without a shadow of a doubt, he ticks every box,” Redknapp said, as quoted by the BBC.
“At Liverpool, he was harshly done-by, but these things happen and, once you start to get a few bad results, the crowd maybe start to go against you.
“That’s football, but it doesn’t make Brendan Rodgers a bad manager.
“He’s turned it around and shown everybody how good he is.
“I don’t know what Brendan Rodgers thinks and he’s managing one of the best clubs in the world.
“I don’t necessarily think he’s going to be looking to go any time soon, but if an opportunity comes in a couple of years, maybe that might happen.
“At the moment, I’m sure he’s happy winning trophies at Celtic and now, with Rangers back in the big league as well, it makes it a lot more interesting when they are going head to head.
“At the moment, Celtic are, of course, the team to beat.
“I hope the Celtic fans don’t have a go at me for that, but he’s that good a manager.”
The Hoops face Bayern Munich tomorrow night in the Champions League and will be desperate to take three points and keep alive their hopes of making the last-16 of the competition.
Celtic’s last outing in the Champions League was the 3-0 win over Anderlecht in Brussels as the Scottish champions recorded only their second away win ever in the competition.
Rodgers’ side lifted a domestic treble last season and will be hoping to repeat the feat this season and become the first side in history to successfully defend all three major Scottish trophies.
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