Scheduled Monday development strongly suggests £45K-a-week Celtic man will quit this summer
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Sky Sports are trailing that Brendan Rodgers will make a guest appearance on Sky Sports’ flagship Monday Night Football programme tomorrow night.
Celtic fans should be afraid. Very afraid.
Talking tactics with Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville may seem innocent enough.
But Rodgers’ scheduled appearance strongly suggests he is keen to bring himself to the forefront of the minds of Premier League chairmen at a time of the season when thoughts are turning to end-of-season overhauls.
The managerial merry-go-round gets underway in earnest at the end of the domestic season in May.
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In reality, the behind-the-scenes negotiations and clandestine meetings will have been going on for many weeks before that point, as the big clubs get their ducks lined up ahead of the pivotal summer window.
Rodgers has been on Monday Night Football before, although the last occasion was when he was out of work two years ago following his Liverpool dismissal.
Many will dismiss his appearance as inconsequential, and point out his emotion and passion as Celtic twice came from behind to secure a memorable 3-2 win at Rangers on Sunday.
Rodgers has made a huge impact at Celtic, hoovering up trophies, overseeing two Champions League campaign and establishing a record domestic unbeaten run.
His team have played attractive football and he has brought through the youngsters while operating within the parameters of a strict playing budget.
But the concern for Celtic fans is that the northern Irishman may feel he has little to prove at the club, where he has rebuilt his reputation after the wretched finish to his Liverpool reign.
Bar the possibility of overseeing a fabled ten-in-a-row, which would mean hanging around for another three years, what can Rodgers realistically achieve at Parkhead?
The Daily Record report that Rodgers was handed a Scottish-record £45,000-a-week when he was appointed by Celtic in May 2016, although he subsequently signed an extension last year that ties him to the club until 2021.
Rodgers could earn double that, at least, at a top-eight Premier League club.
There could be a few plum jobs going this summer, with the Arsenal one appearing a realistic possibility as Arsene Wenger’s reputation and job prospects continue to nosedive.
Everton are also likely to appoint a new manager, although Rodgers’ Liverpool links could make him a non-starter for that one.
Rodgers is unlikely to have a job lined up. But he could have decided that he has nothing more to prove at Celtic.
Which spells trouble for the club and puts a new complexion on his Monday appearances in front of the TV cameras.
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