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‘FEAR IS THE KEY,’ ADMITS RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS has revealed what motivates his powerful desire for success – FEAR!

The Irishman can pick up his sixth successive piece of silverware as Celtic boss in the Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell at Hampden this afternoon.

And the 45-year-old Hoops gaffer and his team are on the brink of Scottish football history if they complete an unprecedented double treble.

Rodgers admitted: “I said last year that at least when the time came to leave here I knew I wasn’t a total disaster.

“That is always the fear. You come into a club you support and you’ve got to be with friends and family for the rest of your life once you’ve gone saying you were hopeless. At least, I have got something to show. Above that, I never think so much.”

Asked about what it would mean on a personal level to create a first, he replied: “I haven’t really thought about that. My happiness would be for the players, for the supporters.

“It’s a chance to create history in the club and that’s great. But I haven’t really thought about it too much. If we can get our sixth trophy in two seasons, it would be absolutely amazing, but the thought is about performing in the game.

“I tend to take the emotion out of it, because if you go down that road it can come back to you when you reach a point in the game when you have to make a decision.

“My job, as I said when I first came in, was to inspire supporters and give them some great memories. If we win, that will do that for them.

“It’s a brilliant chance for us. I never say to the players: ‘You’ve got to take this chance because it will be the only chance in your life’ because part of me thinks: ‘Do you not think you can do it again?’.

“So, I never really go down that route with players, but there’s no doubt there’s an opportunity to write another chapter in the great history of the club, there’s no doubt about that.

“You think of the great history of Scottish football – in all the various eras and levels of players – and there’s a reason why it’s never been done.

“All you want is a chance and we have a chance.”

 
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