Chris Sutton believes that the attention that Moussa Dembele is attracting is all down to one man- Brendan Rodgers.
While the striker is in the spotlight it’s inevitable that the work that Rodgers is doing with Celtic is also being closely followed.
The sacking season is underway in England with Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan sacked with more certain to follow Alan Pardew who was axed before Christmas.
It’s inevitable that Rodgers will be linked with a return to England but like Dembele Sutton feels that the Irishman is in no rush to leave Celtic.
Just over a year after a title near miss with Liverpool Rodgers was sacked but with Celtic on the up, highlighted by Dembele, the Irishman’s reputation is also being restored.
Rodgers’ passion for Celtic is obvious with Sutton believing that the signing of Kouassi Eboue signals that he is in Glasgow for the long haul.
“To turn things around in such a short space of time can only be viewed positively,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record about Rodgers first six months at Celtic. “He will just want to keep building which is why he made a statement by spending almost £3million on a 19-year-old midfielder
“The very fact he’s looking to bring in Kouassi Eboue this week is a good sign and tells me he’s in it at the very least for next season. And why would he want to go anywhere?
“Martin O’Neill was at the helm for five years and Gordon Strachan four. Brendan is building something special and I’d like to see him at Parkhead for a few years but the reality is, like Dembele, he will be courted because there has been a lot of hype and he hasn’t really put a foot wrong.
“He will have attracted attention down south even just for the little things such as the way he set his team up against Manchester City. They derailed City with the draw at Parkhead and Pep Guardiola’s men haven’t really recovered.
Sutton added: “He is building something at Celtic and there is so much short-termism in England that you don’t get that chance. We have been reminded of that fact by the recent managerial carnage where Bob Bradley was sacked after just 85 days by Swansea and Mike Phelan after less than three months at Hull.
“Don’t get me wrong, Brendan will eventually hit a lull at Celtic and everyone has a shelf life in management. That’s the nature of it. But I think he feels Celtic have so much more improvement to make under him and he can take this club and really have a strong challenge on the biggest stage in Europe.”
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