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‘BRENDAN CAN COPE ANYWHERE,’ STRACHAN

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GORDON STRACHAN believes Brendan Rodgers has the temperament and ability to cope with the stress at any club in the world – with the possible exceptions of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The Celtic boss has been linked with the Arsenal job which will become vacant at the end of the season when Arsene Wenger leaves after 22 years at the London outfit.

Rodgers has already stated he is perfectly happy at Parkhead, still has three years of his deal to run and admitted it would take “something extraordinary” to leave his boyhood idols, as CQN reported on Sunday.

However, speculation persists the Irishman is a frontrunner along with Luis Enrique, Carlo Ancelotti and former Gunners stars Patrick Viera and Mikel Arteta.

NO PROBLEM…Gordon Strachan is backing Brendan Rodgers.

Strachan, who managed the Hoops between 2005 and 2009, believes Rodgers has the right credentials to be mentioned as a possible successor to 68-year-old Wenger.

The former Scotland international gaffer, speaking on talkSPORT, said: “A bonus you get as Celtic manager is you play in the Champions League and you have to deal with the top, top teams – so there’s preparation there. But, also, Brendan has done it at Liverpool.

“Some of the managers who are being talked about have never been anywhere near winning the Premier League like Brendan was at Liverpool.

“Celtic understood when they took Brendan on that if he did a great job, which he has done, he would get the call somewhere else.”

Strachan left Celtic to take charge at Middlesbrough, but believes the intensity and pressure of managing the Scottish champions prepares a man for any stage.

He added: “If he can do it there, he can do it anywhere.

“Yes, there is a gap, but there’s absolutely no gap in terms of the stress you get being Celtic manager.

“When you’re at Celtic, if you can deal with the stress and the media up there, you can deal with it anywhere.

“It’s a great grounding experience to go anywhere in the world, maybe apart from Barcelona or Real Madrid where it’s really vicious.

“If you can deal with it at Celtic, you can deal with anything that comes along.”

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