Brendan Rodgers has spoken out about his emotional address to the fans outside of Celtic Park on Sunday after winning the Betfred Cup.
As the Celtic boss mentioned after the semi-final win over Sevco he wanted his players to have something tangible to mark their impressive start to the season.
The victory was also a landmark for Rodgers as he picked up his first trophy as a manager, something that is often overlooked with many managers viewed as a success without getting close to silverware.
Amid the celebrations it would only be natural for Rodgers to think back across his career, the highs and lows.
At the age of 37 as he got over being sacked by Reading then taking charge of Swansea Rodgers went through the agony of losing both parents, Christina and Malachy, who were still in their fifties.
Celtic’s 5-1 win over Sevco in September came on the anniversary of Malachy’s death, as he raised the Betfred Cup trophy to the fans in the shadow of Jock Stein, Jimmy Johnstone and Brother Walfrid it wasn’t difficult to realise who the Celtic boss was thinking of.
Yesterday, asked about his emotional speech Rodgers told The Sun: “I had a flashback of something that was important to me.
“It was a nice feeling. It was a great day for everyone and then I just wanted to thank the supporters.
“I just wished some people who aren’t here any more were there, so you get a wee sudden flash of something.
“It was a great day all day round. A great performance all round, and we won.” Rodgers was more than happy for his players to let their hair down and hit the town.”
Rodgers let his hair down over tea, toast and a re-run of his side’s Hampden display.
A re-run of that display tomorrow at Motherwell will do nicely as the Irishman zooms in on further success for Celtic
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