WEDNESDAY turned out to be a pretty special day for Brendan Rodgers. That is the dad, not the manager of Celtic.
“I spend my life trying to help staff, helping players, helping them financially and making their lives better. I probably see my son less than most. I see you guys more than him. I am in a position where I can help him.
“I have no worries on that score. It’s the first time I have ever worked with him. I have always been aware of that. He is the same as everyone else. He is here to work, to get himself fit.
“We’re very close and he sees the game how I see the game. For a young guy he’s got talent. He wants to play forward passes and open up the game and he’s comfortable.”
And anyone who watched the game will tell you that Anton actually put in a decent performance for his old man, however taking it any further as far as Celtic is concerned.
“I’ve always wanted to maintain a father son relationship,” said Anton’s dad. “I’m not always a nice guy as a manager. That’s the first time he’s played for me.
“He was out of contract and, as a demanding father, I said to him ‘don’t be on holiday too long’. If he’s going to go in somewhere in July he has to be working before then.
“I said to him to come up with us and do a couple of weeks training and then he’ll be ready to go on to his next club with a decent level of fitness.
“There’s no use him lying on a beach somewhere. He has to work. The same rules apply across the board whether he’s my son or someone else.
“He’s a great kid with a brilliant football brain and he mixes well with others. There is no drama or issue with him. He can play football. He’ll move on from there. He knows clearly where he is at with us.”
And on any possible move for his son by Celtic, Rodgers cleared that one up.
“He has a son in Reading. He has got to be more down south I would think. Most of the English clubs don’t start till July and this is a chance for him to get fit with a brilliant bunch of guys here.”