Stewart makes bold claim about senior Celtic man after Scotland fail to qualify for World Cup
By Aramide Oladipo
Michael Stewart believes that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should become the next manager of the Scotland national team.
Current manager Gordon Strachan has come under serious scrutiny after Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia following a 2-2 draw away at Slovenia on Sunday afternoon.
Scotland have not reached a major international competition since 1998 World Cup finals in France.
Speaking on the official BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page, former international Stewart is adamant that Celtic senior man Rodgers would be the right person to steer the national team into the right direction.
“Would we be able to afford, and would Brendan Rodgers even contemplate it?,” he questioned as quoted in the Scottish Sun.
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“If you were able to break the bank and go and get someone like that, I feel he could get Scotland to qualify for a major tournament.
“Celtic fans would probably be apoplectic at the thought of losing him, but we need somebody of that stature.
“He certainly had a huge impact with the level he raised the Celtic players to that eventually got into the Scotland team.”
Rodgers has enjoyed amazing success during his short spell in Scottish football.
The former Liverpool boss steered the Hoops to a remarkable treble last season with his team going through the entire domestic campaign without a loss.
Rodgers has become a huge favourite amongst the Celtic supporters especially because he has not lost a single Old Firm derby, winning six of the seven encounters.
The SPL champions have now extended their unbeaten run to 58 domestic matches this season and they are currently sitting at the top of the league table.
Under Rodgers’ tenure, Scotland internationals such as Leigh Griffiths, Kieran Tierney and Callum Mcgregor have all improved and raise their game to his standards.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops deployed their scouts to this crucial international fixture.