Craig Beattie believes Celtic will always be a “winning machine” under Brendan Rodgers

Craig Beattie believes that Celtic will remain top of the heap for as long as Brendan Rodgers is in charge.

During his time in charge of Swansea, the Hoops boss brought Beattie to the Welsh side as he guided them into the Premier League and the most successful period in their history.

Rodgers’ future as Celtic manager has come into some doubt recently, after the former Liverpool manager was linked with a return to the English game in January through the Leicester City job.

Asked about the reaction to Rodgers potentially departing, Beattie said as quoted by The Evening Times: “Well, they will be celebrating in one – the Rangers boardroom – when Brendan is no longer there.

“The rest of them, I don’t think they will be overly fussed. I don’t think he has any real bearing on any other team, they are getting their money just the same, because Celtic will always bring huge gates. But over in Govan they will be celebrating. Because as long as Brendan Rodgers is there I think it [Celtic] is a winning machine.”

Rodgers is under contract with Celtic until 2021 and appears perfectly happy with the club, delighted by a return of seven consecutive domestic trophies.

Last summer he did express some frustrations about Celtic’s transfer dealings but during January he appeared to be in sync with the boardroom as three loan signings were brought in as well as the arrival of Vakoun Issouf Bayo.

Over the last year Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, James Forrest, Scott Bain, Tom Rogic and Kris Ajer have signed long-term deals, with Scott Brown signing up for two more seasons last week.