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HAS BRENDAN RODGERS GAMBLED HIS CAREER BY STAYING AT CELTIC? A TOUGH FEW WEEKS AWAIT.

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BRENDAN RODGERS is certainly feeling the heat at Celtic Park right now. Since the start of the season, the Northern Irishman has failed to qualify for the Champions League and the team are sixth in the SPL having won only three of their opening six.

It begs the question, is Brendan Rodgers damaging his reputation in his quest for the treble treble and should he have left before the season began?

There was plenty of talk he would leave the club during the summer, with a number of Premier League clubs rumoured to be interested in his services.

Instead, he stayed at the club, saw out a disastrous transfer window and has made it pretty clear he isn’t happy with the board.

Of course, Celtic are still favourites to win the SPL with most major platforms at Bonus.co.uk, with some even offering special odds on the treble treble, but it’s going to be an important couple of weeks in his quest.

Rodgers recently said Celtic fans should be alarmed by the club’s recent performances, with the former Liverpool manager seemingly distancing himself from those results.

He said, “When you are a huge club, the demand is to win.

“In the last couple of years we’ve done that really well and playing in a style that is synonymous with the club. It hasn’t been the same, but we have to work to make it better.”

That was just before claiming Celtic fans should be alarmed, a statement that has dumbfounded many and led to the belief that he perhaps wants out. If Celtic don’t start performing, though, clubs may well get put off, particularly if he makes statements like that. It’s Catch-22. The Hoops need results quick, though, with a revitalised Rangers and in-form Hearts having the potential to cause real problems.

It’s been Celtic’s worst start for 20 years and with frustration continuing, Rodgers may have just a few more games before it gets to boiling point.

A number of managers and ex-pros have backed Rodgers to come out of the slump. Paul Lambert believes the club and manager will “weather the storm,”while Peter Grant has also backed them, but does worry Rodgers may walk away this season.

Aston Villa fans are certainly hopeful. A number of them are touting Rodgers as the next manager should Steve Bruce leave, while it’s likely he’ll be linked with any English top-flight club that comes available between now and the end of the season.

In the meantime, he needs to get the Parkhead club winning again and fast. In the SPL, that starts against Aberdeen on Saturday, where you feel he must get all three points before fixtures against St. Johnstone and Hibs.

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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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