Emotion was never going to be a match for Brendan Rodgers’ ambition

A Celtic-supporting ex-footballer who spent his entire career in the English leagues tells a story about how he nearly signed for the Scottish club. He had verbally agreed a new contract with his then Premier League employers but, upon receiving an overture from his boyhood heroes, found himself sitting in front of Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell.

“I’ve agreed a deal, I wouldn’t feel right about going back on my word,” the player said.

“What will you be on?” Lawwell replied? The player told him. “Well we couldn’t pay you that,” Lawwell responded. “But, you know, you are a Celtic man, aren’t you?” Suddenly, something tantalising but intangible was on the negotiating table.

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