Celtic news: Brendan Rodgers reveals why he couldn't wait until summer to join Leicester
Rodgers left Celtic earlier this week to join the Foxes on a three-and-a-half year deal.
The move left Celtic fans fuming that their former manager didn’t want to stay with them until the end of the season to completely a triple treble.
But the allure of the Premier League clearly proved too much, as Rodgers made the move anyway.
Leicester sacked Puel last Sunday following a string of mediocre results, and despite beating the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City earlier this season, the Frenchman could not save his job.
Rodgers now makes his return to England, having been sacked in 2015 from his post at Liverpool, the club he came so close to winning the Premier League with in 2014.
The Northern Irishman has now had his say on the controversial move.
“I had opportunities to leave but this was too good to turn down,” he said.
“It wasn’t easy. I’ve got family and friends who have grown up Celtic supporters who are deeply upset, but I had to remove the emotion.
“Celtic are one of the biggest clubs in the world. It’s not about [moving to a bigger club], it’s about the challenge and coming to the Premier League.
“If I was making the decision with my heart, I would have been at Celtic for life.
“It’s an incredible club that I’ve supported all my life. But I felt it was the time to move on to my next challenge.”
During his time in Glasgow, Rodgers won two Scottish Premierships, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups.
The former Swansea manager also spoke about the Celtic fans’ grievances, following his untimely departure.
“I understand the timing issue, because if there was an ideal time it would be summer,” he added.
“It’s not something that I was looking for. An opportunity to come to a club like Leicester wasn’t going to wait for me.
“What gave me the comfort to make the move was knowing what we put into place was going to stabilise the club moving forward. We’ve left the club in a really good position, eight points clear.”