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‘SHUNNED’ RODGERS AFTER HOOPS EXIT

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BRENDAN RODGERS has revealed that some of his Celtic-supporting family have not spoken to him since he quit the Hoops.

The Irishman made a hasty exit from the champions in February last year only 24 hours before a crucial Premiership match against Hearts at Tynecastle.

Former gaffer Neil Lennon answered the SOS and, of course, safely guided the team to their eighth successive title and also the Scottish Cup to complete the historic treble treble.

Rodgers, though, watched from the outside in his new post as manager of Leicester City.

The ex-Liverpool chief had taken over at Parkhead in May 2016 and led the club to seven consecutive domestic honours before his sudden and unexpected exit.

Rodgers, speaking on The Beautiful Game Podcast, said: “When you have to make decisions, you have to be unsentimental.

“I had family who were just distraught I left Celtic, just couldn’t believe it.

“I have relations that haven’t spoken to me since the day I left Celtic.

“Because it meant so much to them and if you carry on like that too much you’ll never do anything.

“But I had some unforgettable memories at Celtic that will live with me for a lifetime, that I still think about now and I then came into my next experience.

“For me, I left school with nothing. No qualifications, no nothing – my life has been based on experiences, hence the reason why I look for the experiences.

“And this, I felt, from a sporting perspective, was going to be the next good experience.”

Lennon kept the title sequence running this time around as the team picked up its ninth crown in a row and they also added the Betfred League Cup with a 1-0 win over Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit in December.

They were due to play Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Easter Sunday as they zeroed in on a phenomenal quadruple treble before the game went into lockdown in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 
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