Brendan Rodgers: Climbing the Celtic ladder

There aren’t many managers that can claim as good a debut season at a club as Brendan Rodgers’ at Celtic – the Northern Irish manager’s unprecedented undefeated domestic treble is an unbelievable achievement, even within the current climate of the Scottish game.

The SPL may not be the force it once was since Celtic’s great rivals Rangers’ demotion to the fourth tier in 2012 but to win all domestic honours and go through an entire league season unbeaten is something no manager has been able to do north of the border ever.

In fact, you would have to go back to Rangers’ 1898-99 season to find the last club in Scotland to go through the league season unbeaten, however, Rangers season only lasted 18 games whilst Celtic’s entire season run has gone 47.

However, given the current climate of Scottish football, the Bhoys achievements are rather understated, thanks to their monopoly on the league title and more importantly Scotland’s only UEFA Champions League qualifying spot, Celtic have had more access to better TV funding Europe’s elite competition provides and therefore can make more substantial investments in the playing squad.

Finishing 30 points ahead of second place Aberdeen was a damning indictment on how poor the level of competition is and it’ll take divine intervention to prevent Celtic’s continued dominance of Scotland.

Whether Rodgers’ is an unquantifiable success or just a decent manager at the best team in an awful league is better measured on how the Glasgow side perform in Europe this year and going forward rather than domestic success.

Rodgers has already become a legend at Celtic Park but he’ll have to go some to match the success of Stein, especially given how hard it is to win the UEFA Champions League right now.