BRENDAN RODGERS has revealed his regret at hurting Celtic fans after leaving the club so abruptly in February 2019.

The 50-year-old Irishman made the admission as he spoke to supporters outside the stadium on Friday after his first public appearance since his return.

Earlier in the week, Rodgers had sealed a three-year deal to take over from Spurs-bound Ange Postecoglou to take up a second challenge at the club.

Despite winning seven successive domestic honours first time-around after arriving as Ronny Deila’s successor in May 2016, an element of the Hoops supporter were not convinced by his comeback.

FAN APPEAL…Brendan Rodgers addresses the Celtic supporters outside Parkhead.

However, Rodgers declared his love for Celtic over FOUR years ago, as CQN reported at the time.

He was manager of Leicester City when he insisted “with my heart, I’ll always be” at Celtic.

The former Liverpool and Swansea gaffer stressed: “The times that we had there were amazing.

“With my heart, I would always be there because – no matter where I have been in my life – I always look for the Celtic result and that’s in you from when you are young.

“But there comes a time in your life that maybe the professional challenge means you have to look elsewhere.

“But that doesn’t change who I support. I will always support Celtic.”

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