Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has explained to The Sunday Post his decision to drop Garry Monk in favour of Steven Caulker when he was the Swansea City manager a few years ago.
Rodgers, who was appointed the Celtic manager earlier this summer, was in charge of Swansea from 2010 until 2012. The former Liverpool boss worked with Monk and Caulker during that period.
“Take what happened with Steven Caulker and Garry Monk five years ago when I was at Swansea,” Rodgers told The Sunday Post. “We had just got promoted to the Premier League, and Garry was my captain, the man who had led us there. He had been brilliant for me over the course of a few seasons.
“But I dropped him and put a 19-year-old kid, Steven Caulker (who at that time was on loan from Tottenham Hotspur) in his place in central defence.
“I made that choice because I knew he could help the team. You take that emotion out of it and you just focus on that one question – will this action help us?
“And, of course, it did. Steven came in and was terrific for us. He went to the Olympics, he played for England and, subsequently, for Liverpool.”
Rodgers made the comments regarding Monk and Caulker to suggest that no player’s place in the Celtic starting lineup is guaranteed.
Celtic have started pre-season training already and will feature in Champions League qualifiers soon.
Monk was recently appointed the head coach of Championship club Leeds United, who have also started pre-season training.
As for Caulker, the 24-year-old centre-back is back at Queens Park Rangers following loan spells at Premier League clubs Southampton and Liverpool during the 2015-16 season.
Both Leeds and QPR will be aiming to finish in the top six of the Championship next season.