Celtic’s PR team stepped in to cut short a BBC Scotland interview with Brendan Rodgers when the Leicester City vacancy was brought up.
Following the decision to sack Claude Puel this morning the hoops boss was installed as the favourite to take over at the 2016 Premier League champions.
Before today’s match with Motherwell, Al Lamont of BBC Scotland interviewed Rodgers and stumbled into questioning him about the Leicester job with the Irishman saying that his focus was on today’s match.
After that embarrassing attempt at a question Lamont decided to ask Rodgers about sectarianism- on the eve of an important SPFL clash to restore an eight point lead.
After the final whistle Rodgers was asked about Motherwell’s controversial goal and gave reasoned answers to the issue, then things got interesting.
Brendan Rodgers walks off when the BBC try to punt the Leicester job at him. Well done Boss (audio only).
— Chuck (@ChuckReboots) February 24, 2019
Lamont then stumbled into a second attempt at the same question asking: “As I touched on with you on Thursday night I just wondered, does domestic dominance continue to be enough to drive you here?
Rodgers helped out, replying: “It’s not really a question for now, you know, the answers today were from the players. They were asked the question, it was a tough game against a team that was doing very very well. The players answered those questions, everything today is about them, a brilliant win for us, real courage in the performance, like I say they deserve all the plaudits.
Lamont, getting to what he really wanted to know, then asked: “I do appreciate that your focus on the match was entirely was on the game today, can I ask you now Brendan, if the Leicester interest , if it is as genuine as it appears to be, sorry can we just finish that question…”
Rodgers didn’t respond, as the interview ended a voice, presumably from a Celtic official was heard saying: “You asked him before didn’t you.”
Lamont’s laboured style of asking a question clearly wasn’t appreciated, at the general media conference Rodgers dismissed the speculation, repeating his focus being on Celtic.
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