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3 reasons why Brendan Rodgers needs to answer his critics at Leicester City

Scott Newman
Top 5 / Top 10
02 Mar 2019, 01:25 IST

#2 He’s dominated a weak league at Celtic

Rodgers won a lot of trophies at Celtic, but the Scottish Premiership is a weak league
Rodgers won a lot of trophies at Celtic, but the Scottish Premiership is a weak league

Nobody can really dispute that Rodgers was a huge success at Celtic – after all, he won a crazy amount of trophies there, picking up both the Scottish Premiership title and the Scottish Cup in 2016/17 and 2017/18, and winning the Scottish League Cup in 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 too. But it’s also hard to dispute that Rodgers’ side were dominant over an extremely weak league, too.

UEFA’s current coefficient rankings have the Scottish league ranked all the way down in 20th position. Not only is that miles away from the Premier League – which ranks second behind Spain’s La Liga – but it’s also considered to be behind the leagues in countries like Denmark, Greece and Austria. Essentially, the Scottish Premiership is nowhere near as strong as it was in its early 90’s pomp.

Rodgers might’ve done well with Celtic on the domestic scale, but Europe was largely another story – he oversaw some horrendous results such as a loss to Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps, a 7-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona – the biggest in Celtic’s history – and he never took them out of the group stages in the Champions League either.

It’s one thing to manage a dominant team in a weak league like the Scottish Premiership – but it’s another thing entirely to find success in the Premier League, especially at a side like Leicester who aren’t considered one of the top teams in England. Rodgers has been a big fish in a small pond for the best part of 3 seasons now – and it’s time for him to answer the critics who suggest that he’s only capable of succeeding in that small pond.

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