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Rodgers Rebuilding Reputation with Celtic Success
Following a turbulent three-year spell on Merseyside with Liverpool, Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers has been swiftly rebuilding his managerial career on Glasgow soil with Scottish champions Celtic. The now 43-year-old coach endured a shaky start to proceedings at Parkhead, with many fans instantly questioning his suitability to the job, but he has proved any early doubters wrong.
Despite further European misery for the club in the Champions League, having finished bottom of their tough Group C behind Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach, Rodgers has steered the Hoops strongly towards domestic dominance.
The Bhoys are on course to smash many past records in the Scottish Premiership, after securing 14 wins out of 15 league games before the midway point of the current campaign.
Their incredible start to the season has seen Rodgers' men set up the possibility of breaking the records for most ever points gained in a single term, most goals scored and fewest strikes conceded. Rodgers still has a long way to go before achieving such feats, though, but he has clearly adapted well to Scottish football and looks capable of guiding his team to a comfortable title triumph.
A sixth success in a row would be achieved if he can do so, and he looks likely to maintain such a rampant run in light of their record-breaking start to proceedings, after rallying to clear title favourites in the bet365 Scottish football odds.
The former Swansea City and Liverpool tactician previously oversaw his team break the long-standing unbeaten run record formerly held by Martin O'Neill and his respective Hoops outfit back in 2000/01.
That former Bhoys streak saw the club go on a clinical surge of 18 games undefeated in the Premiership, while Rodgers impressively guided his current crop of players beyond that and is showing no signs of slowing down in his Scottish surroundings.
Rodgers has benefited massively from the superb form of some key stars in his Celtic set-up, most notably young frontman Moussa Dembele, who has been firing in goals for fun since arriving from Fulham this past summer on a four-year deal.
One of Rodgers' toughest jobs in the coming months could be to retain the services of his high-flying starlet, though, with interest in his signature having grown with each passing performance in green and white. The France Under-21 international attacker has been one of the crucial components of Rodgers' rampant reign so far, along with the likes of shot stopper Craig Gordon, Scottish hitman Leigh Griffiths and captain Scott Brown.
During the latter stages of his time at Anfield, Rodgers suffered from much criticism from Reds fans and onlooking pundits for his lack of success. Although such treatment could be seen as harsh, considering he was agonisingly close to securing Liverpool's maiden Premier League crown, if not for a now infamous slip from Steven Gerrard.
With that all in the past now, Rodgers has continued to rebuild his reputation as a manager in Scotland and, if he continues in the same impressive manner for the remainder of the campaign, his stock will undoubtedly rise once again in Glasgow.