Rodgers, now the manager of Celtic, paid close attention to Sheffield Wednesday’s fortunes over a 10-year period.

Although Brendan Rodgers has always supported Celtic, the Bhoys boss confessed in an interview with Talksport that English side Sheffield Wednesday were once the unlikely focus of his interest.

Discussing his new autobiography, which went on sale earlier that day, Rodgers was asked about his decision to pledge allegiance to Celtic over the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, both of whom have large followings in his native Northern Ireland.

But the 44-year-old, from Carnlough, County Antrim, explained that he did at one stage pay close attention to one English side.

“Actually, my cousin played at Sheffield Wednesday for many years, Nigel Worthington,” he told Monday’s Jim White show. “So I used to follow Sheffield Wednesday. But where I was from, everyone was a Celtic supporter and they were the team that you followed.”

Worthington spent a decade at Wednesday between 1984 and 1994, in which he was twice promoted to the Premier League [then the old First Division], reached an FA Cup final and won the League Cup.

By then, though, Celtic were already well ingrained in Rodgers, who was bought his first Bhoys strip aged seven, and used to pretend he was ’80s Parkhead favourite, Frank McGarvey.

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