‘Celtic were lucky to have Brendan Rodgers’ – Scott Brown unsurprised by Leicester’s success since manager’s appointment

13 Nov

Celtic captain Scott Brown has told talkSPORT the Scottish champions were ‘lucky’ to have Brendan Rodgers as their manager, and he’s not at all surprised by his instant success at Leicester City.

Rodgers left the Glasgow giants in February after two-and-a-half seasons in charge to return to the Premier League, and has since worked wonders with the Foxes who currently sit in second place.

The Northern Irishman enjoyed a remarkable period of success at Parkhead, steering Celtic to seven straight domestic honours.

Celtic fans’ love for Rodgers turned a bit sour after his move to Leicester, but Brown hailed the impact he made at Celtic Park
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However, his mid-season exit angered a large number of supporters, many of whom accused the former Liverpool coach of using their club to get a move back to the English top flight.

That feeling seems to have settled down now, though, with his replacement Neil Lennon continuing where Rodgers left off in his second spell as manager by helping the club complete an unprecedented ‘Treble Treble’ last season.

And Brown has spoken glowingly of his former manager, saying Rodgers ‘showed us things’ no other manager could have to kick off their spell of absolute dominance of Scottish football.

Asked if he is surprised by Leicester’s success this season, the Bhoys striker exclusively told talkSPORT: “Not at all.

“Brendan is a man who knows what he wants and how he wants his team to play. He understands everyone; he goes around and puts a smile on everybody’s face, but he also demands high standards.

“The standards he sets for himself he also sets for his players as well, and if you don’t maintain those standards there’s always somebody else to come in.

Rodgers has transformed Leicester into top four contenders
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“He can put an arm around you but he can also tell you where you need to work harder. He’s got that mentality that he knows what he wants and how to get it, and he’s got that belief in himself.

“Leicester have been fantastic this season and it’s all down to Brendan and his back-room staff. It shows you what a top quality manager he is and how lucky we were to have him at Celtic.”

Brown hailed Rodgers when asked about his influence at Celtic Park, but also insisted the team are happy to be playing under Lennon again.

“Brendan did incredible for us, he showed us things and a way we could play and took everyone to a new level,” he added.

Neil Lennon ensured Celtic did not take their foot off the pedal following Rodgers’ exit
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“But Neil has come in yet again and has done exactly the same thing. It’s been a flawless transition, and the manager loves the club.

“He’s bounced off [what Rodgers achieved], but he’s also got his own ideas about how we want to play too.

“As long as we keep winning things everyone will be happy.”

Listen to a clip of talkSPORT’s interview with Celtic captain Scott Brown above

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