Celtic boss Rodgers: This manager would have been perfect for Everton
By James Black
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he was surprised when “brilliant” Neil Lennon took over as Bolton boss after leaving Celtic – believing he was destined for a job in England’s Premier League.
Rodgers was Liverpool manager at the time and felt the Northern Irishman was the ideal candidate for the manager’s job at Everton after David Moyes headed across the M62 to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Lennon returns to Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon for the first time as a manager since leaving the Hoops in 2014 as his Hibs side attempt to end Celtic’s 58-game unbeaten domestic run.
Now, four years later, Rodgers and Lennon go head-to-head for the first time but Rodgers only had praise for his compatriot.
“I remember I was at Liverpool and at the time Everton were looking for a manager and I thought a perfect candidate would’ve been Neil Lennon,” Rodgers said as quoted by Celtic’s official website.
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“When you manage Celtic, you can manage any club.
“That was my feeling, so without being disrespectful, when he went to Bolton I was surprised because he’s definitely a Premier League manager.”
“Neil is brilliant manager and I have a lot of time and respect for him.
“He was a fantastic player and had a great playing career here at Celtic.
“It’s not an easy job to do but to then move from playing to becoming the manager at Celtic was absolutely magnificent.”
Rodgers has enjoyed almost unparalleled success as Celtic manager winning a domestic treble in his first season without losing a single game and qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League in successive seasons.
The Hoops’ squad wil be on a high after winning the club’s second away game in the Champions League in quarter of a century and recording their first ever clean-sheet away from home in the competition.
The Glasgow giants currently lead the Scottish Premiership by two points from Aberdeen as they look to lift a sevent successive title.
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