Report: Newcastle target Brendan Rodgers' Celtic exit 'more probable'

Celtic Manager, Brendan Rodgers arrives prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly on Newcastle United's radar, and his exit could apparently be about to become more likely.

Rangers Manager, Steven Gerrard (L) and Celtic Manager, Brendan Rodgers speak prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in...

According to a report from Alan Nixon in The Sun on Sunday (30/12; page 56), Lee Congerton and Mick Doherty are likely to quit Celtic for a move elsewhere that will leave a much bigger question mark hanging over Brendan Rodgers' Parkhead future.

Rodgers has enjoyed a remarkable amount of success with the Hoops, winning seven domestic trophies out of seven since his arrival. And his time with the Bhoys has not gone unnoticed.

 

The Sun on Sunday (30/12; page 56) reports that Newcastle and Leicester City are keen on Rodgers, and he could be tempted to make the move back to the Premier League.

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And The Sun on Sunday suggests that his exit has now become 'more probable', with Head of Recruitment Congerton and chief scout Doherty apparently likely to quit, with Anderlecht interested in both men.

Celtic Manager, Brendan Rodgers arrives prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The report claims that Rodgers is losing two of his key allies amongst the backroom setup at Celtic, and that could seemingly open the door slightly further for a potential exit.

Although the Hoops would have preferred to maintain their recent excellent record against their Old Firm rivals, the defeat on Saturday could have some benefits with the January transfer window days from opening.

22nd December 2018, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Celtic versus Dundee; Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers applauds the fans at the end of the match

Rodgers can clearly argue to the board that he needs new players that are going to help the Hoops shut the door on a title race, especially as they also have European football to look forward to in the second-half of the season.

If he receives that backing, then perhaps that would go a long way towards convincing Rodgers that he does not need to think about leaving anytime soon. 

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