Brendan Rodgers shuts down talk of him leaving Celtic this summer

As reported by The Daily Star, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers appears to be going nowhere this summer despite interest from the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal recently.

What’s the story?

The Hoops boss has done a fantastic job at Celtic Park, which coupled with his time at Liverpool and Swansea City makes him an attractive candidate for the manager job at many Premier League clubs ahead of next season.

In recent weeks the 45-year-old has been linked with the likes of Chelsea and this week has again been mentioned as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

However, he’s been quick this week to insist he is staying at the club, stating he couldn’t be happier to be leading the Hoops into a new season.

As quoted by The Star, Rodgers said:

There is still a lot of work for me to do, to achieve, on the pitch and off the pitch. But you can only do that if you are happy and for me I couldn’t be happier at this club.

The support I get from the board, it is all very aligned, very clear and that allows me to work in confidence. And that gives the stability to the team and for the staff and everyone, we can all move forward.

I am looking to the next step to take and already we are thinking how we can improve for next year, how can we be better in our form and game, in all aspects.

Those will be pleasing words for supporters who, although never really believing he would leave this summer, can look ahead to next season with full confidence that it will be business as usual.

What is there left to achieve at Celtic?

In the short term the obvious answer to that question is securing a domestic treble of trophies for an unprecedented second successive season.

Despite the Hoops not quite hitting the heights of their historic season last term, they’ve still dominated the Scottish football scene and on the brink of their seventh title in a row this weekend against Hibs, have just the Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell as a barrier to another clean sweep of trophies.

Thinking ahead, Europe will be the main aim for Rodgers and is likely the ‘next step’ he talks about in his comments above. While the club reached the knock-out stages of the UEFA Europa League this season, many are looking for better performances on the continent and even to potentially reach the knock-out stages of the grander competition.

Longer term still, there’s the prospect of a hallowed Scottish record ten league titles in a row to think about.

There’s plenty of work ahead and Rodgers appears to be relishing every moment of it.