Ex-Leicester City striker Stan Collymore believes that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has more respect at Celtic Park than Brendan Rodgers.
In an interview with the Scottish Sun, Collymore tore into the recently appointed Foxes boss.
Rodgers left under a cloud of controversy last week and that has seen some angst among Celtic supporters.
The former Liverpool boss was on the brink of an unprecedented triple treble at Celtic Park.
Collymore has gone on the offensive with Rodgers though, claiming he doesn’t really get the thought process.
He told the Scottish Sun: “The way Brendan Rodgers has treated Celtic has been poor and I’ve no idea why he didn’t just wait to join Leicester at the end of the season.
“He’d have departed as a manager revered alongside all the club greats like Jock Stein and with very few Celtic fans begrudging him a new challenge after winning the triple treble.”
The timing of Rodgers’ departure does some somewhat bizarre. Leicester are in no danger of being relegated this season, with their campaign bordering towards mediocrity.
Close to immortality
Celtic are eight points clear in the Premiership but still left the club on the cusp of achieving greatness.
The Hoops fans might forgive their former boss when the dust settles.
Collymore had made an astonishing claim regarding Rodgers’ popularity, however.
He continued: “As it stands, Steven Gerrard has more respect at Celtic Park than Rodgers.
“In the next two years Rodgers will likely be sacked, that’s just football. I fear that he will regret how he has dealt with this.”
It seems highly unlikely that any manager of Rangers will ever be popular with Celtic supporters and this indicates that Collymore doesn’t agree with Rodgers’ thinking.
The new Leicester boss tasted defeat on his return to English football.
His Foxes side were beaten 2-1 by Watford, whilst Neil Lennon led Celtic into the last four of the Scottish Cup where they could meet Rangers.