‘WHY BRENDAN WON’T QUIT,’ STUBBS

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FORMER Celtic defender Alan Stubbs reckons Southampton have no chance of luring Brendan Rodgers from the champions.

The struggling Premier League outfit sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday and were immediately linked with the Hoops boss.

Stubbs, who managed Hibs to their Scottish Cup victory over Sevco Rangers in 2016, believes Rodgers has no intention of quitting his boyhood idols.

He said: “Brendan is at a fantastic club. Celtic are a massive club and he has stated he is perfectly happy at the moment.

“There is a lot to be said for being happy where you are. Brendan will feel he has unfinished business at Celtic.

“Reading between the lines, it is going to take a really interesting offer to prise him away from Celtic.

“He doesn’t look like he is in a rush to leave at the minute.

“With all due respect to Southampton, they are a really big club, have a superb academy and have great values.

“I know they’ve signed the likes of Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk for decent sums of money, but Celtic got three good deals out of that.

“It is an entirely different ball game if they want to try to land one of the most successful managers in Celtic’s history.

“The bottom line is Celtic are a much bigger club than Southampton.

“They also have Champions League football to offer Brendan, which Southampton won’t be able to offer now or at any time in the near future.

“I can’t speak for Brendan, but I don’t think the Southampton job is something that would interest him.

“Looking at the two clubs and where they are right now, you have Celtic looking to establish themselves as a competitive Champions League team and Southampton still trying to find out what kind of club they are.

“There is a lot of instability there because they’ve had 10 managers in the last 10 years and two since Ronald Koeman left two years ago.

“The power of the English Premier League is not to be underestimated, but I cannot see Brendan leaving.

“His mind will certainly not be on the Southampton job.

“He will be too busy focusing on successive Trebles and continuing to create history with Celtic.”

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