Brendan Rodgers has made a surprising return as Celtic manager, four years and four months after his departure to take charge of Leicester City.
The Northern Irish manager has agreed to a long-term contract with the Scottish champions, stepping in to replace Ange Postecoglou, who recently joined Tottenham.
Rodgers’ comeback was formally announced on Monday, marking a significant twist in his managerial career.
Official, confirmed: Brendan Rodgers returns to Celtic as three year deal has been signed. 🟢✍🏻 #CelticFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 19, 2023
“I am really delighted to return to Celtic — it was a very simple decision for me and my family”. pic.twitter.com/EHKn6wOjaI
Rodgers enjoyed a highly successful first spell at Celtic from 2016 to 2019, where he achieved unprecedented domestic dominance.
During this period, he guided the team to seven consecutive domestic trophies, including an unbeaten debut domestic campaign and back-to-back trebles. His tactical acumen, man-management skills, and ability to get the best out of his players were evident as he established Celtic as the dominant force in Scottish football.
However, Rodgers’ departure midway through the 2018-19 season left a bitter taste in the mouths of some Celtic supporters.
The decision to join Leicester City was met with criticism, and a section of the fan base unfurled banners questioning his loyalty.
Despite the backlash, Rodgers always maintained his lifelong support for Celtic, which has ultimately paved the way for his return.
During his four-year tenure with Leicester City, Rodgers achieved notable success. He led the club to their first-ever FA Cup triumph, defeating Chelsea in the final.
Additionally, he guided the Foxes to European football, including an impressive run to the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League.
However, his time at Leicester ended abruptly and unexpectedly. The club’s struggles in the Premier League led to a poor run of form, culminating in their relegation from the top flight
Rodgers was dismissed after the team’s fifth defeat in six league matches, leaving him searching for a new opportunity.
Now, Rodgers has returned to familiar territory with Celtic, aiming to pick up where he left off and reclaim the club’s dominance in Scottish football.
His previous success with the team makes him an attractive choice for the club hierarchy, who will hope that his return can reinvigorate the squad and inspire a new era of triumphs.