Managerial legend Jose Mourinho has criticised Brendan Rodgers for leaving Celtic mid-season, speaking to beIN Sports.
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You know you committed a bad act if Celtic fans are pleased with what Mourinho has to say.
There are still some amongst the support who hold bitterness towards the former Porto manager after his time wasting instructions in the 2003 UEFA Cup Final.
Still, his latest comments are sure to go down well with the majority of supporters.
Speaking in his role as a pundit on beIN Sports, the former Manchester United boss said:
If you say to me, am I surprised by Brendan leaving Celtic to go to Leicester, I would say no. The Scottish championship is not the same as the Premier League, with all due respect.
Celtic is a giant club but the Premier League is the Premier League.
I’m not surprised that he comes there. If I was in his position I would say to Leicester, ‘I want to come to you, but not now’.
I want to come next season, I want to be champion in Scotland, I want to leave in the right moment.
In my opinion, the right moment would be pre-season.
This would probably be the view of most decent football men and in some ways it vindicates the angry response of Celtic fans, who obviously hold a more emotional attachment to the Hoops than most pundits and journalists.
Some have been shocked that Hoops supporters are ready to burn bridges with Rodgers after so much domestic success, but the timing of the exit to Leicester will mean that Rodgers is a villain to the green half of Glasgow for a number of years at least.
Thankfully Neil Lennon has come in to steady the ship, but Rodgers’ actions could have tanked our entire season.
As Mourinho said, he should have waited.