Celtic should swerve former Liverpool boss on European basis

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Recent rumours linking Brendan Rodgers with the impending vacancy at Celtic hardly form an iron-clad case for the Northern Irishman replacing the outgoing Ronny Deila.

Ladbrokes still rate the unemployed manager at 9/1 to be the next permanent boss of the Hoops, behind four candidates the bookmaker see as more likely appointments.

Paul Lambert is the 6/4 favourite with the Scottish football sponsors, ahead of David Moyes, Paul Hartley and Michael O’Neill and the former Liverpool boss.

Certainly as far as the market suggests, Rodgers landing north of the border for his next role in the dugout seems some way off.

Not that the media will take any notice, as they latch on to recent comments made by the out-of-work tactician to suggest he’s about to sign up with the Bhoys any day now.

It would be churlish to dismiss the possibility of Rodgers taking over at Celtic Park based purely on his position in the market, especially in this brave new world of 5000/1 Premier League champions.

A manager of Rodgers’ esteem will no doubt interest Celtic, as they search for the man that can propel them into the latter stages of European competitions.

However, if that is the ultimate goal, and with the Ladbrokes Premiership far from competitive it really has to be, then Rodgers isn’t the man for them.

The 43-year-old may have a Premier League silver medal on his CV, but his performances on the continent leave a lot to be desired.

Liverpool never got beyond the Europa League’s round of 32 in Rodgers’ time at the helm and were group-stage flops in the Champions League the year after their oh-so-close title campaign in 2013/14.

Rodgers’ disappointments in Uefa-sanctioned tournaments are highlighted further by Jurgen Klopp’s efforts with the Reds since replacing him.

The German has guided Liverpool to a Europa League semi-final having jumped behind the wheel of a winless vehicle in the competition under Rodgers.

Having watched Deila struggle with Celtic in Europe it may be Rodgers’ efforts in that sphere that has him sat so far down the pecking order to replace the Norwegian.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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