BRENDAN RODGERS scoffs at the old adage of never going back.

The Irishman returned to Celtic last month after leaving the champions over four-and-a-half years earlier in abrupt fashion to take over Leicester City in February 2019.

However, Rodgers, 50, had no hesitation in coming back to Parkhead to succeed Spurs-bound Ange Postecoglou when the call came.

HOME SWEET HOME…Brendan Rodgers returns to first love Celtic.

He vetoed a planned 12-month sabbatical from the game to rejoin his boyhood favourites.

So, what are his thoughts about the old saying of never retracing your steps?

Rodgers, speaking to the media, said: “That doesn’t bother me one bit. I’ve had it throughout my career, people saying: ‘You can’t do this or that’.

“It feels great. It feels like I’m back with my family at Celtic. When you’re with your family you’re at your best.

“The timing felt right to come back and it was the perfect time for me.

“I know the landscape, but I’m also ambitious for Celtic and I want us to be the best we can be.”

PARADISE…Billy McNeill makes his Celtic comeback in 1987.

Rodgers could also point to club legend Billy McNeill who took a similiar managerial route during his Celtic career.

The Lisbon legend, the man known as Caesar, quit the club he loved to take over as manager at Manchester City in 1983, five years after replacing the great Jock Stein.

There had been friction between McNeill and the old board and he decided on the dramatic change. He also had a brief spell at Aston Villa before coming back to Parkhead in 1987.

It wasn’t a bad decision. McNeill led Celtic to the league and Cup double in their centenary year in 1988.

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