Thursday 19 September 2019

Unfair to Celtic blame fans - Rodgers

Rodgers: “I think it’s a little bit unfair on the Celtic support.” Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Rodgers: “I think it’s a little bit unfair on the Celtic support.” Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Gavin McCafferty

Brendan Rodgers claims it is unfair to blame his Celtic players for the actions of opposition fans.

The Celtic manager defended his players' right to acknowledge their own supporters after the publication of a police memo which claimed they had provoked an angry response from Rangers fans following their 1-0 home win in September.

An unnamed superintendent claimed there had been a "clear link between the between the actions of the Celtic players (which immediately inflamed an already delicate situation) and subsequent response of the Rangers fans".

However, Rodgers insisted there was nothing untoward or unusual about the players walking round the pitch to salute their fans.

"I think it's a little bit unfair on the Celtic support," he said when the comments were put to him. "I don't know what's been said.

"When I first came into Celtic, from my very first game and the week leading into my first game, I said to the players what was going to be absolutely critical for us is going to be the connection between the players and the supporters. That synergy, that connection is absolutely vital if we are going to succeed."

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