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Former Celtic striker Hartson predicts Rodgers will reject Premier League advances

Former Celtic striker John Hartson reckons Brendan Rodgers will spurn the advances of Premier League clubs if they offer him the chance to work South of the border again.

Rodgers took over as Celtic boss in the summer of 2016 and has impressed eve since, winning the domestic treble in each of the last two seasons.

The Northern Irishman’s achievements in Glasgow have not gone unnoticed with Leicester and Newcastle rumoured to be interested in securing his services, with both clubs managers currently under pressure.

However, Hartson reckons that the former Liverpool boss will turn down the financial lure of the Premier League in order to help Cletic become the first team to win the Scottish League title ten times in a row, with the Bhoys currently having won seven on the trot.

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“I don’t care if Newcastle are looking at him and thinking that he might be the man if they part company with Rafa Benitez or if Leicester are thinking that he might be a better option than Claude Puel,” Hartson writes in the Evening Times.

“In terms of money, both of these clubs could blow Celtic entirely out of the water, both in terms of what they can offer on a personal level and on a transfer budget.

“But that isn’t what it is about for Rodgers.

“I think Brendan has his heart set on being the man to deliver the ten.

“I don’t think he would ever say that publicly and nor do I think that he will really focus too much on anything other than ensuring Celtic get to eight this season, but the bottom line for me is that he is motivated and happy at his work.”

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