Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has put his Anfield woes behind him with an inspiring first campaign as manager of Celtic.
Celtic are currently on a 28-match unbeaten run in the Scottish Premier League, meaning that they’re nearly half way to achieving their most successful unbeaten run of 62 games between November 1915 to April 1917.
The bhoys hold a 25-point lead at the top of the SPL, winning 22 games and drawing once in their first 23 fixtures. The Celts have scored 60 goals and conceded only 14 times in the league this season.
Rodgers currently has a winning percentage of 75% during the first 40 games of his Celtic reign, which is higher than at any club he’s ever managed. He departed Swansea with a winning percentage of 45% and had a 50% winning percentage when he was relieved of his duties at Liverpool.
The Northern Irish manager has already won the Scottish League Cup and are set to win sixth consecutive Scottish league title. However, they failed to qualify for the next round of the Champions League and suffered their worst Champions League defeat to Barcelona with a 7-0 drubbing in September 2016.
They also failed to qualify for the Europa League because of finishing fourth in their Champions’ League group. Domestic success has been a must for every incoming manager but European success is the key aim, which Rodgers has failed to provide in his debut season.
Swapping Liverpool for Celtic
Both clubs have a loyal fan base, intense expectations and a rich history of success and trophies. However, the switch from Liverpool to Celtic was definitely a step backwards in his managerial career.
Rodgers had lost the dressing room at Anfield and oversaw the departures of top players such as Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard. It was an unsuccessful chapter in a relatively impressive career for Brendan Rodgers.
He came close to securing Liverpool’s first ever Premier League title but slipped at the last hurdle (quite literally). His lack of experience in an intense Premier League title race was exploited by the former Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini, who guided Manchester City to their second Premier League title.
The 44-year-old is renowned for his passing style of play, which he portrayed at former team Swansea City. He earned them promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history and laid down a playing style, which continued a playing style which originated from Roberto Martinez.
Celtic have been in invincible form this season and will be hoping to thwart a trend, which has been very common in recent history, selling their players. Once they build, they sell. Here’s some examples, Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster to Southampton and Gary Hooper to Norwich City.
Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair have impressed under Rodgers this season and they’ll be hoping that they can keep hold of their top players. It’s difficult for a team to build in the first place, but to constantly rebuild is almost impossible. However, Southampton are an exception and Celtic should take some notes out of their book if they are hoping to achieve success.