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Paul Hartley Says Watching Brendan Rodgers Coach Was An ‘Incredible’ Experience

Paul Hartley Says Watching Brendan Rodgers Coach Was An ‘Incredible’ Experience

Paul Hartley has lavish praise on Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers after watching the Northern Irishman at close quarters on the training field.

Hartley has been out of work after being sacked as Dundee boss last month, and he’s spent some time at the Hoops’ Lennoxtown training base overseeing how Rodgers works on a day-to-day basis with his star-studded squad.

And the ex-Celtic midfielder only has positive things to say about Rodgers – in fact, Hartley probably couldn’t speak any higher of him.

Speaking via Clyde 1, Hartley explained: “I’ve experienced first hand how he works.

“He is an incredible manager and I think he has brought life back into Scottish football, not just Celtic.

“The game as a whole has benefited from Brendan being here.

“The respect the players have for him, on the training pitches he is outstanding, but just as a person he has time for everyone.

“It was an incredible day for me just watching him and seeing how he works.

“You hear a lot of things about him, all good things, and you watch him and see how he operates, he has done an outstanding job.

“He has changed a lot of things in the background in how they are trying to develop and he has made the players better, that’s the key thing for me.”

Of course, having finished the season unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership and odds on to secure a first domestic treble since 2001, it’s pretty difficult to argue with the suggestion that Rodgers has performed quite an incredible job since arriving in Glasgow.

Hartley is yet to really be linked with any other major jobs since leaving Dens Park, but whenever he gets back into the saddle, we’ll be looking out for any noticeable Rodgers mannerisms.

What do you think of the quotes? Is Rodgers now somebody for young British coaches to look up and aspire to?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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