Brendan Rodgers has said Celtic fans are ‘hurt and maybe a bit worried’ following his decision to leave the club for Leicester City.
Rodgers opted to leave Celtic this week, returning to the Premier League at The King Power Stadium, and sections of the Scottish champion’s support have been left angered by the Northern Irishman’s decision.
Fans voiced their anger at Rodgers during their clash with Hearts on Wednesday night, unveiling a banner saying ‘You traded immortality for mediocrity. Never a Celt, always a fraud’.
Rodgers arrived at Celtic in 2016 and enjoyed unprecedented success, winning back-to-back domestic trebles and completing an ‘Invincible’ unbeaten league season during the 2016/17 campaign.
Despite this success, the 46-year-old opted to return to the Premier League, having not managed in England since leaving Liverpool in 2015.
Rodgers insists he sympathises with the Celtic fanbase, but admits the club is in a strong position to continue their recent success.
“I’ve seen some of what’s been said and read,” Rodgers told a pre-match press conference.
“Celtic supporters will hurt – I understand how they feel. They’re hurt and are maybe a bit worried.
“But what we’ve put in place in the last three years will stabilise the club moving forward.
“As hard as it was to make the decision, I knew that the improvements we made would allow the club’s success to continue.”
Rodgers takes charge of Leicester for the first time when they visit Watford this weekend.