The Northern Irishman is one of Europe’s brightest young coaches and has made it clear he considers diet and nutrition an absolutely vital part of today’s game.
Having worked at clubs like Chelsea and Liverpool in the past, with superstars like Luiz Suarez and Steven Gerrard, Rodgers knows all about the marginal gains and what it takes to make it at the very top.
And, by the sounds of things, he really doesn’t like some of the things he’s seen since arriving in Glasgow.
Speaking to The Scotsman, Rodgers said: “I’ve had one player in here [at Celtic] and I hope he sees the light, because he is a] big, big talent.
“A kid with massive talent.
“Talent to play Champions League football and the agent wanted to know when he was getting a professional contract.
“The kid was fat. I said: ‘What? You want to know that? I’ll tell you when’.
“A kid who had all the tools, all the talent, but fat. Couldn’t run. Couldn’t last a game. Not eating right. Fish and chips all the time. So we’ve organised a plan for him, to sort him out. If he wants to do it.
“But I don’t worry about it. It doesn’t break my heart because some other kid with less talent that commits to it, will make it as a player. The key thing is the boy’s a talent but it is whether they want to devote their life to it.”
Since taking the reins at Parkhead, Rodgers has overseen the transformation of several players within his squad, with the likes of Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Stuart Armstrong all putting in top performances.
What do you make of his comments on the youth player at Celtic? Is eating right a problem we have generally in Scotland?