As reported by The Daily Mail, Brendan Rodgers is going to have a Celtic legend at the forefront of his mind when the Hoops do eventually win the Scottish Premiership this season.
Celtic are busy preparing for a massive fixture at Tynecastle and could be crowned this season’s Scottish champions by 2:15pm this afternoon. Only a win will do against Hearts but given they’ve only drawn twice all season in domestic football, you’d make them red hot favourites to seal a sixth successive title today.
Rodgers is of course looking forward to the occasion and has opened up about what it means to him personally, especially when he thinks about one Celtic legend in particular.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, the Celtic boss said:
There will be many thoughts for many people and hopefully they can be proud of the work we have done. You think of the great man Tommy Burns, who never won a title here. I’ll think of the commitment he gave to Celtic and the privilege it is for me to lead the club when we actually do get over the line.
Rodgers worked with Tommy Burns in the late 1990s as a youth coach at Reading and the late Celtic great was a big influence on his career.
It’s a thought most Celtic fans will understand, many holding a deep attachment to Burns and his time at the Hoops as a player and manager. One of the most emotional Celtic occasions in recent memory was when they clinched the league title in 2008, shortly after Burns sadly passed away.
While success is ultimately the most important thing a manager can bring to the club, Rodgers’ inherent understanding of the club’s history and the mindset of the support is something that Hoops supporters will value highly.