07 April, 2017
Rodgers endured an acrimonious exit from Liverpool last season but the Northern Irishman has managed to restore his reputation during the current campaign, helping Celtic to the Scottish Premier League title in record time as well as guiding the Hoops to the Champions League.
Celtic are unbeaten domestically this season with 28 league wins and two draws and still harbour hopes of the treble as they look towards the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park later this month.
A move to the Premier League has always been mooted for Celtic and Old Firm rivals Rangers and former Liverpool and Swansea City manager Rodgers believes the club would succeed in English football.
A Scott Sinclair hat-trick plus a goal apiece for Stuart Armstrong and Patrick Roberts meant the party could start in Edinburgh.
If Ronny Deila was something of a gamble for the Celtic board, Brendan Rodgers came with a guarantee.
Rodgers insists McGregor, a former Scotland Under-21 player who has been in the senior squad before but is uncapped, has got what it takes to join them. I am one of them, I know what they think and what they want and I want to try to bring them as far to that as I possibly can, and when my time is up hopefully I will leave a legacy that they can smile about and have enjoyed.
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Defender Kolo Toure was given a rare outing late on, with the Ivorian not starting a game since December. And as was the case in each of the previous five years, there wasn't much of a competition.
Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths, who scored 40 goals last season, has been often been consigned to the bench although he missed Sunday's game through injury along with Dembele.
"He said: 'I just wanted to say thank you for coming up to Scottish football".
Veteran goalkeeper Craig Gordon's form earned him a new deal. Left-back Kieran Tierney, still only 19, has kept his standards high and winger James Forrest has improved his consistency.
"I had a similar player at Liverpool in Joe Allen and it wasn't probably until he went to the European Championships and got voted into the team of the tournament that people began to sit up and take a bit of notice of him".
I think if you look at the Arsenal job and if the manager goes, which looks unlikely, I think Brendan Rodgers should be one of the first ones on the list.