BRENDAN RODGERS has cut a frustrated figure at the start of this season. Unhappy with the club’s spending, they’ve crashed out of the Champions League and lost their opening SPL fixture with Hearts.

Speculation is rife that Rodgers won’t make it to the end of this season and get his hands on a potential treble treble.

It’s perhaps always been accepted that the Northern Irishman would eventually take a job back down south, but with the Dedryck Boyata saga rumbling on and Rodgers’ ambition seemingly starting to outgrow the Scottish Champions, his time at Celtic Park could be limited.

He’s recently been priced at 20/1 to become the next Manchester United manager in the Premier League betting odds, while the shaky start of the likes of Arsenal and West Ham could also see him in the frame sooner rather than later.

A win against Partick Thistle in the Scottish Betfred League Cup has perhaps eased the speculation as the former Liverpool manager looks to get things back on track, while the fact the transfer window still has another week to run could also see the man happy by the end of it.

A centre half is priority for Rodgers, who was spotted at the Etihad Stadium at the weekend, reportedly keen on Jason Denayer. Should that move come off, it could be enough to keep the manager from looking at a Premier League job when on comes available.

There’s no doubt however that the season hasn’t started how anyone at Celtic would want and the crown has perhaps taken a temporary slip from the man who has revive Celtic’s head.

Despite this though, plenty are confident he’ll see the season out. Kris Boyd, who spent five years at rivals Rangers said, “From what I’m told, this whole issue isn’t unsurmountable. No one is going to resign in protest or do anything daft like that.

“There’s a bit of a stand-off behind the scenes but that’s what tends to happen with managers and boards.”

It’ll be interesting to see Celtic’s progress over the coming season, particularly in the next couple of weeks. Any further setbacks could see a pair of itchy feet under the manager’s desk at Parkhead and with Rodgers already linked with a number of clubs, he could well be up for a new challenge before nine major trophies in three years in complete.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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