Former Celtic star Charlie Nicholas believes Brendan Rodgers won’t be in charge of the Hoops beyond January after a tumultuous start to the season.
Speaking to the Scottish Daily Star, the pundit reckons that the relationship between the manager and Peter Lawwell has deteriorated to the extent that he won’t even see out the 2018/19 campaign.
As quoted by the paper, Nicholas said:
I am not sure Brendan Rodgers will still be Celtic manager come the end of January.
It looks as if the relationship between Brendan and Peter Lawwell is broken. Major shareholder Dermot Desmond appears to have had to step in and have some strong words with them both.
The claims doing the rounds are that Rodgers has been told to get the team back on track while the chief executive has been told to do everything he can to back his manager.
But if there has been a serious breakdown in their relationship then you can ever get things back to what it was before.
Rodgers and Lawwell might pose for the occasional photograph but it is clear that the relationship is no longer working.
It’s just the latest conspiracy theory that Rodgers is working his ticket out of Celtic Park, despite all evidence pointing to him working as hard as ever to get good results for the Hoops.
There’s no doubting that the start to the season hasn’t exactly been ideal but do we really have to endure weekly speculation that the manager is on the verge of quitting Glasgow? It isn’t helpful, especially when the rumours are fuelled by ex-players and supporters.
At the very least you would expect that Rodgers is here until the end of the season, then all parties will likely decide the best way forward, if indeed there is a bit of angst behind the scenes.
The only way that Rodgers can shut them all up is if the club continue to pick up positive results.
The wins against St Johnstone and Aberdeen were very welcome and a good performance away to Salzburg on Thursday night will surely quieten down the dramatic headlines and opinions.
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