Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers claimed last night he didn’t even know what the UEFA Conference League was as his side Leicester City entered the competition with the Bhoys.
Celtic and Leicester both finished third in their respective Europa League groups, with the Foxes falling behind Spartak Moscow and Napoli despite their wealth.
So there’s even a possibility that the Bhoys will face our former manager at some point this season, but it’s not as easy as pulling them in the next round, or even the one after that.
When can Celtic face Brendan Rodgers this season?
Leicester and Celtic are actually on the unseeded half of the draw for the Conference League knockout stage and Round of 16 due to the format of UEFA’s new competition.
All Conference group stage runners-up are seeded for Monday’s draw, while the group winners are seeded for the next round.
It means the first Celtic can face Rodgers is in the quarter-finals of the tournament and there’s plenty of football between now and then with some quality teams in the mix.
What did Brendan Rodgers say about the Conference League?
Rodgers has come under some criticism in the past 24 hours for cheeky comments about the competition after last night’s game.
The former Bhoys boss told BT Sports“I have to be honest, I don’t even know what the competition is.
“In all honesty, my focus was on the Europa League and winning that group, or at the very least finishing second, so with all due respect to the competition, I don’t know what it is. But I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough.
Brendan, you can only say ‘with all due respect’ when you’re showing respect and I’m sure many Conference League teams will agree that you didn’t have any here.
It’s okay to act like a big dog when you’re doing well on the European stage, but that’s not the case. Unfortunately for your team, this is Leicester’s level.
And Celtic too of course, for now. Wouldn’t it be nice to show him just how dynamic this latest UEFA competition can be with Bhoys immersed in the proceedings?
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