Celtic in advanced talks with their former manager over return

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Celtic are in advanced talks with Brendan Rodgers over a return to the club; deal would make the former Leicester boss the highest-paid manager in Celtic’s history again; Rodgers left Celtic for the Premier League in 2019 after winning back-to-back domestic trebles

It is understood the Scottish Premiership champions have offered the 50-year-old a deal in excess of his previous contract, which would make him the highest-paid manager in the history of the club.

It is understood Rodgers will be backed by Celtic’s board in the transfer market to deliver domestic success and compete in the Champions League.

Rodgers – who left Celtic in 2019 – had also been linked to the vacant job at Leeds United despite planning to take an extended break away from the dugout following his departure from Leicester City in April.

Sky Sports News reported last Monday he would be considered over replacing Ange Postecoglou. However, Celtic have also been looking at other candidates including Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City assistant Enzo Maresca.

Although his mid-season exit from Glasgow did not go down well with supporters, time is indeed a healer with many open to the idea of the Northern Irishman returning.

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Rodgers has previously said he would rejoin Celtic one day, so could this be the time?

Rodgers said after leaving Parkhead: “That challenge may come in the future and I would go back.

“An incredible club. Like everything else in life, it’s about timing. Whether I will be welcomed back or not is a different story but would I go back to Celtic? Absolutely.”

Celtic were a well-coached side under Rodgers and he fared slightly better than Postecoglou in Europe. Rodgers finished third in their Champions League group in 2016/17 before exiting the Europa League at the next stage, and coming bottom of the group the following season.

At Leicester, Rodgers led the Foxes to consecutive fifth-placed finishes in his first two full seasons and beat Chelsea to lift the FA Cup in 2021, but left in April after the now-relegated side dropped into the Premier League’s bottom three.

Source: Skysports

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