CELTIC received £9million in compensation from Leicester City following the raid to lure Brendan Rodgers and his backroom team to the mid-table Midlands club.

The Irishman, with over two years of a lucrative contract still to run, walked out on the champions 16 days ago with the Hoops on the brink of a historic treble treble.

The Premier League outfit were forced to pay a significant sum to cover the cost of the managerial upheaval to the Parkhead side.

Rodgers also took assistant manager Chris Davies, first-team coach Kolo Toure and Head of Performance Glen Driscoll to the King Power Stadium, the total cost of the deal for the English side coming to £9million.

The settlement fee between the clubs dwarfed the £4million Everton agreed with Watford for their boss Marco Silva, reported the Daily Telegraph.

WELCOME BACK…Neil Lennon celebrates his return with a 2-1 win over Hearts.

Leicester identified the 46-year-old former Liverpool and Swansea gaffer immediately after sacking Frenchman Claude Puel following a string of bad results.

With Rodgers possibly only 14 games away from his third successive domestic clean sweep since arriving in Glasgow in May 2016, they insisted he take over straight away although their season, effectively, was over.

Former manager Neil Lennon answered the club’s SOS as he took over on an interim basis with a crucial Premiership game against Hearts at Tynecastle due only 24 hours after the swift departure of his predecessor.

The ex-Hibs boss, who left Easter Road in January, led the team to three points and followed that up with a Scottish Cup quarter-final triumph over his former Edinburgh team three days later.

Lennon made his second homecoming on Saturday in the frustrating 0-0 draw with Aberdeen who will provide the opposition in the semi-final of the national competition at Hampden on Sunday, April 14 with a 2pm kick-off.

Rodgers lost in his Leicester debut at Watford, but saw his team overcome relegation-threatened Fulham at the weekend and they take on Burnley at the weekend.

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