The Hoops fanbase was not best pleased with Rodgers leaving Parkhead mid-season as the Bhoys were competing for the treble Treble.
Brendan Rodgers has once again spoken of the difficulties involved in leaving Celtic but claimed that the timing of his exit for new club Leicester City “worked out well”, in conversation with Sky Sports News.
The Hoops were left reeling by Rodgers’s departure from Parkhead in late February, with the club then still in the hunt for a treble Treble, as he headed south of the border to join the 2015-16 Premier League champions.
Much of the Bhoys fanbase was not happy with their manager upping sticks mid-season and many fans have not forgiven him for the timing of the departure, but Rodgers has claimed that joining the Foxes when he did, “which was the plan”, has enabled him to familiarise himself with the players and build in the off-season.
“It is never easy leaving a great club like Celtic and it was always going to be difficult whenever I left, “Rodgers told Sky Sports News. “The benefit of coming in when I did, which was the plan, is that I had the chance to see the players working under pressure last season.
“I had the chance to find out a bit more about them and then make the decisions in the summer. It worked out well because we finished the season in a good place and that gave us something to build on into this season.”
Celtic have begun their defence of the Scottish Premiership title brightly, winning their two opening games with 12 goals scored and two conceded, but suffered a blow in the Champions League as they were knocked out in the third qualifying round at the hands of CFR Cluj.
Leicester, meanwhile, began their league campaign with a goalless draw against last season’s Premier League surprise package Wolverhampton Wanderers.