Brendan Rodgers arrived at Celtic in the summer of 2016 with a point to prove. The Northern Irishman had been sacked as manager of Liverpool a few months previously after leading The Reds to their joint-worst Premier League finish of eighth in 2015/15, after all.
Though, after over a year at in the Celtic hotseat, it seems safe to say that Rodgers has rebuilt his reputation. Domestic titles may be far for the course for The Hoops but the improvements made under the stewardship of the 44-year-old cannot be ignored. Celtic went the entire domestic season unbeaten and completed a league and cup treble for the first time since 2001, after all.
It should come as no surprise whatsoever what Everton are ‘very interested’ in Rodgers and have made him one of their top three managerial candidates, according to journalist Ian Castles on the Daily Record’s Celtic podcast.
Not only does Rodgers know English football inside and out, he is also renowned for his ability to turn young players into superstars. Everton, a club that pride themselves on their academy, could certainly do a lot worse.
And could Rodgers bring one of his greatest coaching successes to Goodison Park? After all, he himself admitted that Moussa Dembele was likely to leave Celtic at the end of this season (The Scotsman) – and with Everton linked previously, The Toffees would be the favourites to win the huge chase for Dembele if Rodgers moves back to Merseyside.
The Sun claimed in the summer that Everton were prepared to pay £30 million to sign Dembele as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku after the former Fulham striker hit 32 goals in a stunning debut season north of the border.
The problem, however is that almost every European giant around had also expressed an interest. But if Everton want to solve their striking problem with Dembele, appointing Rodgers would be an inspired first step.