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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Rodgers: I'm in the best job in the world with Celtic

HAPPY: Brendan Rodgers. Photo: PA
HAPPY: Brendan Rodgers. Photo: PA

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers hopes to work in the English Premier League again but "no time soon".

Rodgers has been linked with the Arsenal job since Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving north London but Rodgers is determined to repay the support of the Celtic board and fans by continuing to take the club forward.

The 45-year-old is one game away from an unprecedented double treble after a 5-0 victory over Rangers on Sunday wrapped up the Premiership title.

Rodgers has three years left on his contract and claimed he could not wish for a better job.

The former Liverpool manager told talkSPORT: "I woke up here on Monday morning as the manager of Celtic, believe it or not the sky is blue here in Glasgow, and I'm in the best job in the world. I absolutely love it here.

"I've got huge respect for Arsenal as a club. When I started my coaching career Arsene was just coming into the club and I learned so much in that period as a young coach watching him and watching his dignity and class and how he dealt with everything, so it's a club I've got huge respect for.

"But I'm so happy here at Celtic. I'm in a job I love, it's a huge club with big expectancy and big pressure.

"I would love to work in the Premier League again one day, but I'm hopefully going to be coaching for another 20-odd years. So it's no time soon.

"I'm so happy. I have a great loyalty to the board here, who have been so supportive of me. And from the first day I walked in, the supporters have given me everything. I feel a loyalty to them to ensure we keep moving the club forward and keep progressing."

Rodgers also hit out at the treatment of Rangers counterpart Graeme Murty.

For the second derby this month, Murty's position was undermined in the days leading up to the game.

Graeme Murty. Photo: PA
Graeme Murty. Photo: PA

After chairman Dave King cast fresh doubt on whether Murty would have his contract renewed in the summer - ahead of Rangers' 4-0 defeat in the Scottish Cup semi-finals - it emerged that Steven Gerrard was the front-runner to take over in the build-up to Sunday's encounter.

Murty twice stepped up as caretaker boss in 2017 and was then handed the job for five months after the club's failed pursuit of Derek McInnes.

Rodgers said: "I'm a wee bit reluctant to talk on it too much purely because Graeme Murty has been put in a job. Last year he was under-20s coach and everyone was saying 'he's a good guy and he's doing very well'.

"And now because of a couple of defeats and it hasn't quite worked out, he's just been thrown to the garbage really and I think it's very, very discourteous.

"The guy went in there and he's done his very, very best in what looks like, from the outside, to be very, very trying and difficult circumstances."

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