Brendan Rodgers has been quoted by the Daily Record as having advice for Celtic following the resignation of Neil Lennon – the man that replaced Rodgers when the latter chose to join Premier League side Leicester City.
Lennon has chose to end his second stint as Celtic manager amid increasing pressure from fans and pundits alike – who had called for his head earlier in the season. Lennon watched Celtic lose to Ross County on the weekend, falling further behind.
Rangers are now 18 ahead of Celtic and with eight games to play in the Scottish Premiership, Steven Gerrard’s men need just two wins and a draw to win the title. It is clear that the Gers will win the title, and stop Celtic’s run of nine consecutive wins.
Ex-Celtic gaffer Rodgers told Celtic that it was crucial they bring in a director of football alongside incoming chief executive Dominic McKay – and that interim manager John Kennedy is a “great pair of hands” to take the club forward temporarily.
“I’m always saddened when a manager loses his job but in particular when it’s someone I can call a friend,” Rodgers said – as per the Record. “It’s tough for him but when it all settles down, Neil is an incredible legend at the club. He’s won so many titles.
“In my time there he [Kennedy] was an absolutely brilliant first team coach. He’s very loyal, very hard working and always very supportive. He knows the demands of Celtic. He’s a great pair of hands just to stabilise the club.”
“It’s a role which is very important. I think in the modern game, it’s absolutely critical to have that [a director of football alongside incoming CEO Dominic McKay]. I’m pretty sure that’s something Celtic may be looking at.”
TBR’s view – A Celtic overhaul is needed on the pitch
Plenty are expected to leave and Celtic are going to bring in some decent fees. Kris Ajer might command more than £10million, Odsonne Edouard might get Celtic the best part of £20million. Oliver Ntcham is likely to complete a permanent loan exit.
That will get the Hoops £4.5million. Jeremie Frimpong, meanwhile, was sold for £11.5million. So, the new manager will have funds but will be tasked with bringing numerous new players to the club – and therefore, Rodgers is right.
A director of football is absolutely crucial for Celtic, this summer more than most.