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Celtic boss speaks out on Warburton

Rodgers: managers may be put off Ibrox job

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has warned that the instability at Ibrox could deter interest from top managers.

The Irishman, who has managed Watford, Swansea and Liverpool, said managers in England could be put off applying for the Rangers job because of the backroom issues affecting the club.

Expressing his “disappointment” over the departure of Mark Warburton, his assistant David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland, he said the good work they had done in getting Rangers into the Premiership and the Scottish Cup final had been quickly overlooked.

Rodgers contrasted the situation in Govan to the regular dialogue he enjoys with chief executive Peter Lawwell and chief shareholder Dermot Desmond.

He said that when considering a job he looked at the way everyone’s interests at a club are aligned and how that allows it to develop.

“I came to Celtic because of the stability of the board, the intellect of the board. I knew, when I met and spoke with them, what they were about and what their interests were.

“I needed to ensure that the strategy with which I wanted to work was aligned with that. There is no big confusion. There is consistency in how the club is run. There is no fragmented approach.

“It’s very simple. Peter on a day-to-day basis. Me in football. That’s it. I speak with Dermot; that’s the leadership.”

Warburton, who this week insisted he and his team had not resigned from Ibrox, worked under Rodgers as academy director at Watford nine years ago.

The Celtic boss believes the former Brentford coach was attempting to develop the Ibrox club against a challenging backdrop.

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