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I don't care whether I end up in the Premier League or at Ballymena after Celtic, says Rodgers

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has little interest in what comes after Celtic on his CV - it could even be Ballymena United.

The former Liverpool boss was responding to retired Wales striker Craig Bellamy’s claim that “no one” south of the border cares what the Hoops boss achieves in Scotland as success is expected.

And Rodgers didn't even spend time wondering whether or not it's true. The fact is, he doesn't care where he ends up after Glasgow - even if it's back to the Irish League and Ballymena United where he spent part of his early playing career.

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A 14 year old Brendan Rodgers who played for Ballymena United (Northern Ireland) in the 1986 Milk Cup.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

Bellamy — who spent six months on loan at Parkhead in 2005 — said: “If you do well up there, it’s a case of ‘so you should’. I just didn’t feel it mattered to anyone down south.”

Rodgers said: “Craig is a guy I respect. He was a very good player who came up here so he understands what it is like up here. I am not up here to work on my next move from Celtic. I am here because of Celtic.

“I love my life here in Glasgow, I enjoy working for this club and preparing my team along with my staff for us to win and win well. I am not overly bothered what it does for my CV.

“My only worry is for Celtic, to do the best I possibly can here for the length of time I am here and we will see what happens after that.

“After here if it takes me back to Ballymena United in Northern Ireland or elsewhere abroad or the Premier League so be it.”

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