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Stuart Pearce delivers his verdict on Brendan Rodgers' move to Celtic

Stuart Pearce

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has been assessing his new squad in training for the first time this week.

Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, which was broadcast on 23rd June, that he doesn’t believe Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers would take the England job if it was offered to him this summer.

A report in The Sun suggested that Rodgers was considered for the England job, while Roy Hodgson was in charge.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

As a result, he is considered a potential replacement when Hodgson leaves - which is looking increasingly likely to be after Euro 2016, unless the Three Lions can make good progress in the knockout stages.

However, Pearce feels that Rodgers will be happy at Celtic and he doubts whether the Northern Irish boss would be willing to depart Parkhead any time soon.

“It’s a big feather in the cap for Brendan,” Pearce said of the reports. “He’s an outstanding manager, but the fact that he’s gone in at Celtic would rule him out of any opportunity this summer. When I heard he was going in at Celtic, I thought it was a good match.”

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

Rodgers is already beginning to make plans at Celtic, and he has had his first chance to assess the squad now.

Celtic have been back in for pre-season training this week, as they step up their preparations for next campaign.

The Bhoys’ competitive season is due to start midway through next month, when they begin their Champions League qualification campaign.

Rodgers’ task in his first season at Celtic will be to deliver the Glasgow side’s sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

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