Former Manchester United man Gary Neville says he gets why Brendan Rodgers opted to leave Celtic for the Premier League.
Neville has discussed the former Hoops boss in his weekly Sky Sports column.
Rodgers has come under fire from the majority of Celtic supporters after the timing of his decision to walk out.
The ex-Liverpool manager left Celtic on the cusp of an unprecedented triple treble but still some Hoops fans have chastised him for the decision.
Neville has backed the decision taken by Rodgers, however.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s not a real surprise to see him take the job given the lure of the Premier League.
“We saw the same when Virgil van Dijk left a club the size of Celtic to join Southampton. Brendan probably felt he had taken them as far as he could.”
Rodgers’ time at Celtic was a successful period for the club.
He won the domestic treble during both his seasons at the helm and was backed to achieve another this season.
Although Neville has agreed that Rodgers was right to depart, he is an advocate for the Old Firm having greater competition.
He continued: “I have always been a big advocate of a British league with Celtic and Rangers in. How they’d do is tough to say but these are huge clubs and it is something I have thought about for a long time.”
Gary Neville is absolutely spot on with his thought process here.
Brendan Rodgers has been wrongly criticised for leaving for the Premier League and once the dust settles he might get the credit he deserves from Celtic supporters.
The financial clout of the Premier League is vast and who can fault Rodgers for moving to Leicester?
Neville raises an interesting argument about Celtic and Rangers playing in a league with English clubs.
It is unlikely that it will ever come to anything though.
Perhaps the compromise is an Anglo-Scottish cup competition that would give Celtic and Rangers the chance to compete with Premier League clubs.