Celtic Fans Overjoyed As Dundee Gets Set To Snub Rodgers – By Keith Jackass.
Celtic is set for a lucky escape over the future of manager Brendan Rodgers, as Dundee get set to appoint someone else as boss.
This newspaper has not found out who that person is, but in news that will spread relief through a Celtic support still reeling from its narrow 6-0 victory over St Johnstone sources close to Dundee have confirmed that their next appointment will NOT be the unsettled manager of the Parkhead club.
This brings to an end a saga that has lasted almost sixteen hours, since news broke late last night that Neil McCann was being removed from his job at Dens Park. Immediately that this was confirmed, the rumour mill went into overdrive and Brendan Rodgers’ name quickly rose to the top of the wish list, just not the one compiled by Dundee’s directors.
The role was believed to interest the Celtic boss, in spite of it representing a step down for him. Sources believed to be close to his barber have told this newspaper that he is cracking under the pressure that comes with trying to fight off the club presently sitting at sixth in the SPL, who’s rampant form has taken them to the brink of a European place for next season.
A source this writer spoke to said last night that:
“The job is the one he’s been waiting for. He sees Dundee as a sleeping giant, waiting on the right man to take the helm. And as everyone knows, Brendan has been an admirer of certain players within the first team squad; namely Glen Kamara and Steven Caulker. Yes, we know Caulker has left the club but still, the connection is there if you want to see it. He doesn’t believe the Celtic board is ready to give him the resources he needs to sign these and other players from Dens, so this may be the only chance he has to have these quality footballers working under him.”
Another source told this writer that:
“Brendan is desperately unhappy at Parkhead, especially since Peter Lawwell repossessed his parking space and painted his own name on it. He has been looking for a way out that he could sell to the Celtic support as an offer he couldn’t refuse … if Dundee don’t want him he’s content to wait for the next lower-league English club who sacks their manager.”
Celtic fans will be enjoying their day today, particularly after a difficult weekend when the Kelty Hearts job was similarly available, amidst speculation that the Irishman fancied it. They had Rodgers on their shortlist, but opted to go with Barry Ferguson instead.
Rodgers was asked to comment on the Dundee job, but said he wasn’t interested.
At the time of going to print, he had failed to clarify whether or not that was a statement about the job itself or about wishing to comment on it, so we went with the second choice and the one that sells the most papers.
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