FORMER Celtic striker Chris Sutton has launched a stinging attack on Brendan Rodgers, accusing the ex-Celtic boss of “arrogance”.

The Irishman, of course, quit the Hoops in a sharp exit for Leicester City in February after only two and a half years in the job.

With a crucial Premiership encounter against Hearts at Tynecastle only 24 hours away and a Scottish Cup quarter-final against Hibs at Easter Road only three days after that, Neil Lennon answered the call on an interim manager.

After successfully guiding the champions to their eighth successive title and yesterday’s Scottish Cup victory to claim an unprecedented treble treble, the comeback gaffer was offered the job on a full-time basis.

However, Rodgers, who led the club to seven trophies during his spell, upset former £6million frontman Sutton, Martin O’Neill’s first signing for the club in the summer of 2000 when he arrived from Chelsea.

In an interview with Premier Sports, the Midlands club’s new manager talked about his time at Parkhead.

Rodgers said: “I was in the situation when I left Liverpool, I had opportunities to go elsewhere. But I felt at that time at Celtic, it was a great opportunity to go in. A club keen to bring me in.

“A moment where Rangers were close and they were getting promoted. I went in and hopefully created a really good base.

“That challenge may come again and might come in the future. I would have no hesitation going back. Incredible club, but like everything in life, it is just about timing.

“Whether I would be received back is a different story. But would I go back to Celtic, absolutely.

“It’s an incredible club”

Sutton, now a BBC pundit, angrily responded on Twitter, saying: “This sort of arrogance and patronising is exactly why Celtic fans feel let down by Brendan.

“At least, Celtic now have a manager who the fans believe is a Celtic supporter.”

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