Chris Sutton has claimed that there will be a 'touch of envy' from Brendan Rodgers after he would have watched Neil Lennon guide Celtic to the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday night.
Despite his huge success at Celtic, Rodgers is like a marmite-like figure at Parkhead for the manner in which he left the Glasgow giants for English Premier League side Leicester City last February.
Whilst he dominated the domestic circuit in Scotland, he didn't really make the impact in Europe, he or the supporters would have liked him to make.
Celtic legend Sutton touched upon Lennon guiding his side to the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday after their dramatic win in Italy, as the outspoken pundit suggested that he would prefer Lennon over Rodgers in Europe.
“Celtic’s former manager is doing a terrific job at Leicester just as he did at Parkhead,” Sutton told The Daily Record. “But he must have watched that with a touch of envy. For all of Rodgers’ brilliance and dominance of the domestic silverware, that was the type of European performance he could not get the Hoops to achieve on the road.
“People can point to the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG in the Champions League and claim it’s not really comparable as the opposition was tougher than Lazio. But there are two separate arguments to that. It’s true Rodgers had to deal with those superpowers of the continental scene during his reign. However, he also presided over collapses against the likes of Salzburg, Zenit and Leipzig.
“Lennon deserves enormous credit for what he’s instilled into his team and that’s before you talk about his tactical acumen. He’s old school, he’s not modern. That was the junk trotted out by some so-called experts and fans when Rodgers left in February and Lennon took his place. Brainwashed by Rodgers’ chat and talk.”
There could be the possibility that Rodgers meets Celtic in Europe next season, whether that be in the Europa League or the Champions League – but a lot has to happen for that scenario to occur.
Leicester are currently sitting in the top-four, as it seems highly likely that they will book a European spot next season, it's just a matter of whether it'd be Champions League or Europa League.
Either way, it will be brilliant to see how Rodgers fares with Leicester in Europe compared to how Lennon is performing in Europe with a Celtic team that has a far less budget than their English counterparts.
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