FORMER Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has played down reports linking him with the vacant manager’s job at Arsenal.

The London club sacked Unai Emery yesterday morning and the Irishman has appeared on the Gunners’ shortlist of possible replacements, according to Sky Sports News.

However, Rodgers, who won seven domestic honours at Parkhead following his arrival in the summer of 2016, insists he is committed to the Midlands club he joined after quitting the Hoops in February.

The one-time Liverpool gaffer told the satellite giants: “It’s natural that there are links. If you are doing okay people want to take you away from something you enjoy. If you’re not, it doesn’t matter.

“We’re at the beginning of something here. My relationship with the people here and the players is very strong. We think we are starting something exciting.

“Arsenal is a fantastic club. One of the greats in this country. If the people at Arsenal have moved Unai on, I’m sure they have an idea of who they want to bring in.

“There’s disappointment whenever a coach loses his job. Unai has proved himself over a number of years. I have sympathy for him.”

Rodgers left the Parkhead club when they were on the cusp of the historic treble treble. After replacing Ronny Deila, he led the team to a Premiership title double, three League Cups and two Scottish Cups.

Neil Lennon returned to guide Celtic to their eighth successive crown as well as adding the Scottish Cup with a 2-1 win over Hearts at Hampden on May 25 which sealed the unprecedented achievement of nine consecutive domestic honours.

He has the opportunity to take that to double figures when his side take on Rangers in the Betfred League Cup Final a week tomorrow.



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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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