More than two months of Lockdown has sent Brendan Rodgers on a self-promotion spectacular.
Last week the former Celtic boss was speaking to BBC Leicester, today he has featured on a marathon podcast with The Beautiful Game while tomorrow he’ll be sharing gags with Ally McCoist on talkSPORT.
Back in March when football was suspended Leicester were one of the big stories in the EPL as they looked on course for a Champions League place for next season despite a poor run of form since Christmas.
There are now far bigger stories than Leicester around with the former Celtic boss having to fight for the media attention that he craves even when it leads to him sharing highly debatable stories which always pain him in the kindest light.
A google search for his name alongside Danny McGrain or Clyde Tunnel comes up with the goods to illustrate the strength of his imagination.
Despite not setting foot inside Celtic Park since it was rebuilt in 1995 Rodgers was forever telling people of his lifetime connection to the club and how members of his family from Ireland were season ticket holders.
In late February 2019 Rodgers planned an overnight flitting from Celtic Park to Leicester, 48 hours before a vital match away to Hearts and managed to depart the scene with most of his coaching staff.
John Kennedy and Stevie Woods were left guiding the ship, Neil Lennon was drafted in on a caretaker basis with the Leicester boss bewildered that many of his family have cut him out of their life as quickly as he deserted Celtic.
Not interested in hearing any more from this guy. The great ‘Celtic Man’ that never stopped with the supporters after games at Celtic Park, just drove past the faithful waiting for pictures and autographs. Plastic Celtic man.
— Hoopybhoy (@PaddyBhoy1965) June 1, 2020
All the smsm do now is post about Brendan rodgers . Done great things for Celtic but he’s now Leicester city manager . All we care about is Neil lennon and 10 in a row . Celtic fans have moved on time for the media to do the same ??
— Hugh lynch ?????? (@Hughbhoy) June 1, 2020
— M1 ck Duff A (@MickDuffy15) June 1, 2020
Speaking to The Beautiful Game Rodgers claimed:
I have family who were just distraught that I had left Celtic, they just couldn’t believe it. I have relations that haven’t spoken to me since the day I left Celtic. It meant so much to them.
You carry all of that too much and you’ll never do anything. I had some unforgettable memories at Celtic that will live with me for a lifetime that I still think about now.
A year and two more league titles since he exited Celtic the fans haven’t forgotten the manner of his exit.
Martin O’Neill, Gordon Strachan, Wim Jansen, Ronny Deila and Dr Jo Venglos all left Celtic in an honest fashion and will be forever welcomed back at the club. Lennon got the ultimate welcome when he returned as manager.
Rodgers’ self-obsessed personality can’t understand anyone seeing him in less than a glowing light. He might have the gift of the gab to fill up large spaces of media time but he won’t ever fool the Celtic support, or certain members of his own family, for a second time.
NB Rodgers left Celtic two days before an SPFL match away to Hearts and five days before a cup tie away to Hibs, earlier in the season under Rodgers Celtic lost at both venues.