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BRENDAN DISMISSES LEICESTER LINK

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BRENDAN RODGERS has dismissed speculation linking him with Leicester City and stressed he is focused completely on Celtic.

The Hoops boss was reported to be interesting the Midlands outfit with current gaffer Claude Puel under pressure following a string of bad results, including an FA Cup exit against Newport.

However, as Rodgers prepared his players for Saturday’s Scottish Cup encounter with League One Airdrie at Parkhead, he insisted: “Someone mentioned it to me yesterday.

“It is the time of the year where you get players and managers get linked with clubs and whatnot.

“For me, my only concentration is here at Celtic.

“Leicester as we have seen over the last few years, an incredible journey that they have been on as a club.

“It is a fantastic club, but, for me, at this moment in time my concentration is purely on Celtic and looking forward to the second part of this season.”

Former Swansea and Liverpool manager Rodgers has been linked with several posts since arriving at Parkhead as Ronny Deila’s successor in May 2016.

The Irishman has attracted envious glances from elsewhere, including big-money clubs in China, as he has brought unprecedented success to the Parkhead club.

He led the team to a clean sweep of domestic silverware in his first season to become only the third Celtic boss to achieve the feat, following the legendary Jock Stein, who did it twice in 1966/67 and 1968/69, and Martin O’Neill in 2000/01.

Rodgers repeated the remarkable achievement again in his second term and is on course for an amazing treble treble with the team top of the Premiership and the League Cup already in the Parkhead trophy cabinet.

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