Brendan Rodgers could be willing to sensationally quit Scottish football over ‘pro IRA banner’s’ bearing his image.
Sources close to the Celtic manager have revealed that the 44-year-old Northern Irishman was ‘disgusted’ and ’embarrassed’ by the banners that appeared in the Green Brigade section for their game against Linfield.
And he has apparently held private talks with the club and close friends insinuating that he would walk away if incidents like it continued to happen.
The former Liverpool boss went on record prior to the game in Belfast to talk about how much Northern Ireland had moved on and how much he wanted both sets of fans to prove that.
So now after the pro-IRA banners and chants coming from the stands last week he feels like he has been left looking stupid and with major egg on his face.
One of the signs in section 111 showed an image of Rodgers imposed on a sniper at work sign that could be seen all over parts of Ireland during the troubles.
In an official statement released from Celtic Rodgers said: “It’s really disappointing that we are talking about stadium safety and paramilitary banners rather than our progress into the next round of Europe.
“The fans have a responsibility to behave in the stadium and I would urge everyone involved to see the damage this is causing to the club. Hopefully this is a wake-up call.
“The players thrive on the cauldron that the fans create at Celtic Park but there are clearly boundaries that you can’t step over. Everyone knows that pyrotechnics, unacceptable banners and ignoring stewards who are enforcing basic stadium safety measures are simply not on. I really hope that the fans take this on board. It would be a real shame if they forced the club to take more permanent action to ensure safety and protect the Club’s standing in European football, which is what we should all be aiming to promote.”
The Green Brigade section has been closed for two games as a result and the team will now be without their vocal backing for the crunch Champions League tie against Rosenborg.
In a statement the ultra group promised to be back inside Celtic Park soon and never to allow the club to ‘dilute their politics’.
What do you think about this issue ?
Will the Green Brigade have to make some compromises to get back to their recent standing with the club and wider support ?
Have the club and Rodgers and UEFA over reacted on this one?
Or should this be the Green Brigade’s days at Celtic Park finished for good?
Let us know in the comments.