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We would have kissed his feet: Rod Stewart backs Celtic fans' scathing criticism of Brendan Rodgers after Leicester move

Brendan Rodgers has disappointed Celtic fans, including Rod Stewart (inset).
Brendan Rodgers has disappointed Celtic fans, including Rod Stewart (inset).
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

A scathing banner in the away end at Hearts on Wednesday night summed up the feeling of the Celtic support towards former manager Brendan Rodgers, according to Rod Stewart.

Music star Stewart said that he and his fellow supporters are 'bitter' over the Carnlough man's sudden departure to Leicester City earlier this week.

A banner was unfurled calling out Rodgers for discussing his love for the club but leaving when on the cusp of securing an historic treble treble. The banner read: 'You traded immortality for mediocrity, never a Celt, always a fraud'

Stewart backed the strong words but urged the Celtic support to now look ahead to this weekend's Scottish Cup quarter-final at Hibernian and the quest to complete their third successive domestic treble.

"I think me and all the Celtic supporters have got to move on," he told Talksport. "We're all bitter. I think that (banner) says it all but we've got to move on, wish him luck and wish Leicester luck. I've got a lot of fans in Leicester so I've got to be careful. We're still hurt but I think we should now forget all about it and move on."

Rodgers had won all seven domestic trophies on offer during his spell in charge and had guided the club eight points clear at the top of the league table before his move to Leicester.

Stewart says that if the boss had remained to complete his third season in charge, he could have gone down alongside the legendary Jimmy Johnstone, Jock Stein and Billy McNeill by being immortalised at the ground.

"If he had just stayed for the last of the season, he could have been a legend. We would have all said goodbye in good spirits. He could have had a statue up at Celtic Park," he said.

"We'd have bowed down and kissed his feet if he'd have given us the treble treble and stayed with us. It would have been three years, he's done everything he could and taken us as far as he could. Europe to us is the glass ceiling - we just can't get through it at this moment. He would have been loved by everybody but now - no way.

"Brendan will probably nick a couple of our players which will be like rubbing salt in the wound.

"It's all finished, we won last night and on to the Scottish Cup at the weekend."

Celtic travel to new manager Neil Lennon's old club Hibs on Saturday evening (kick-off 5.15pm).

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