Sky Sports pundit: This is where Brendan Rodgers will go after Celtic
By Danny Wright
Paul Walsh believes it may be very tough for Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers to manage a top Premier League team after his days at Parkhead come to an end.
The Sky Sports pundit reckons that Rodgers’ time at Liverpool could put some of the big clubs off signing him, especially fierce rivals Manchester United and Everton.
Although the 44-year-old almost led the Reds to their first ever Premier League title, Walsh maintains that a move to a club like Arsenal could be in the offing, or one of the clubs lower down in the division that have strong resources like Southampton.
Rodgers is in his debut season at Parkhead and is yet to lose a game in domestic competition.
He’s already lifted the Scottish League Cup and can add to that success with a league title on Sunday if he can lead his side to a win at Hearts.
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Celtic will secure a domestic treble for the first time since 2001 if they can also win the Scottish Cup but Rangers currently stand as their penultimate hurdle there.
“Brendan’s problem is that once you’ve been at Liverpool, Manchester United don’t want you, Everton won’t have you and neither will Manchester City,” said Walsh, as quoted by the Daily Record. “You won’t get a top-six team again so where do you go?
“He might be waiting for a top European job or if, say, Southampton are bought over by the wealthy Chinese consortium being talked about just now then they may fancy him to kick on their success story.
“Eddie Howe has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal but I suppose you could argue Brendan would possibly fit in there but I just don’t know if he would be on their radar.”
Walsh, 54, is a fan favourite at Liverpool, who Rodgers last managed before moving to Glasgow.
The ex- England international spent four years at Anfield winning the 1985/86 First Division title.
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