Celtic handed boost as Newcastle will not swoop for Rodgers

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Newcastle United will not make a move for Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers due to the fees required to complete a deal, The Chronicle reports.

What’s the word?

Rafael Benitez’s future on Tyneside is far from certain after a poor start to the season has left Newcastle rock-bottom of the Premier League after failing to win any of their opening league nine matches in 2018-19.

That has led Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers to be linked with the position at St. James’ Park but The Chronicle makes it clear such a move will not go ahead as Newcastle are not prepared to pay the £9m compensation fee it would take to snatch the former Liverpool boss from the Scottish champions.

Instead, Benitez will be given time to turn things around and this weekend’s clash with fellow strugglers Southampton could prove to be decisive.

How big a boost is this?

Very. While Celtic’s record has not been the best this season and the club’s absence from the Champions League is a major blow, along with their poor start to their Europa League campaign, Brendan Rodgers’ still remains vital for the Glasgow giants.

Rodgers has led Celtic to unprecedented success in recent years and has the experience, as well as the squad, to improve upon the club’s fortunes in the coming months to guide the Bhoys towards further honours.

A return to the Premier League may have been appealing for Rodgers, especially with a project like he would have on his hands at Newcastle, but Celtic is still the best fit for the Northern Irishman.