Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers bowed down and apologized to fans during his first official press conference as the new manager of the Hoops.
Celtic officially announced the appointment of Rodgers on Nov. 19, following the departure of manager Enzi Postecoglou to Tottenham Hotspur after winning the Domestic Treble (League + League Cup + FA Cup) in the 2022/23 season.
Five days later, on April 24, Rodgers made his first public appearance and interacted with fans. According to the UK’s The Sun, the first thing Rodgers did after greeting the fans was to apologize for the past.
This is Rodgers’ second stint at Celtic. After successfully adapting to the Premier League with Swansea City in the early 2010s, Rodgers took charge of big club Liverpool in 2012, but was sacked in 2015 after failing to make an impact. He then led Celtic to the top of the Scottish league from 2016 to 2019.
Under Rodgers, Celtic have lifted every trophy they can lift. They won the league and FA Cup twice each and the League Cup three times. They won back-to-back Domestic Trebles in 2016/17, his first season in charge, and 2017/18, his second.
The support from Celtic’s fans was unparalleled during his time in charge. However, Rodgers left Celtic midway through the 2018/19 season to join Leicester City. In one fell swoop, he went from a Celtic legend to a renegade who abandoned the team mid-season.
Celtic lost the title to their biggest rivals Rangers after Rodgers’ departure until Postecoglou took over, and the Celtic faithful continued to protest against Rodgers. Even after the news broke that Rodgers would be returning to the club, they expressed their disappointment with the club’s decision.
Therefore, upon his return to Celtic, Rodgers apologized for the mistakes he had made in the past.
“I hope I can prove to the people who don’t want me here that we can play the football we play and change their opinion,” Rodgers said, according to The Sun, adding, “I hope I can maintain a good relationship with the fans. “I was very sad when I left four years ago,” he said.
“My biggest regret is that I hurt people deeply,” he added, “and that’s why I’m here today. I’m a Celtic supporter myself and I understand 메이저사이트 what that means. I regret hurting Celtic fans and that was the biggest reason for my decision to come back.”
Finally, Rodgers added: “There is a lot of pressure because I had success here before I left. But that’s what I want. I’m here to win, and I want a lot of expectations and a lot of pressure,” he concluded, confidently proclaiming that he was going to have a successful time.