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Dermot Desmond Wouldn’t Stand in Brendan Rodgers’ Way if Arsenal Came Calling

Dermot Desmond Wouldn’t Stand in Brendan Rodgers’ Way if Arsenal Came Calling

Dermot Desmond says he wouldn’t stand in Brendan Rodgers‘ way if Arsenal came calling for the Celtic manager.

The Hoops’ majority shareholder has been among those to give his reaction to the Gunners boss announcing he’ll leave the club this summer.

And that concentrated on speculation of who could replace the Frenchman, with Rodgers a favourite among some bookmakers to take on the job.

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The Northern Irishman is only coming to the end of his second season at Celtic, but he’s made massive steps forward with the club, leading them to an unbeaten domestic treble in his first season and the verge of another treble in this campaign.

So we can understand the link – as can Desmond, who has issued a statement saying he wouldn’t stand in the way of Rodgers if Arsenal came calling.

Speaking to Sky Sports News this morning, Desmond said: “He’s an outstanding person and we wouldn’t like him to leave, but we can’t force anybody to stay.

“Hopefully his love for the club and the set up there will enduce (sic) him to stay at Celtic.”

Pressed on if they’d allow Arsenal to speak to Rodgers, Desmond added: “Absolutely. I don’t think you can put handcuffs on anybody if they want to go to a club as good as Arsenal.

“But it will be Brendan’s decision and Brendan’s decision only.”

We’re not quite sure why Desmond felt the need to comment on the Arsenal job or Rodgers’ future so soon after Wenger announced he’ll leave.

But it will undoubtedly add to speculation linking the Celtic manager with the job in north London.

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