Rodgers, now in charge of Leicester City, is planning for a reunion of sorts with Tierney this weekend, when the Foxes meet the left-back’s new club, Arsenal, in a mouthwatering Premier League clash.
Tierney and Rodgers wrote themselves into Celtic folklore in their time together in Glasgow, winning countless trophies, and it seems Rodgers still holds his former defender in the highest regard – and reveals they almost never worked together.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Leicester on Saturday evening, Rodgers explained via the Daily Record: “The very first week I was there I was told that there was interest from Arsenal for around about 10 million quid.
“Peter Lawwell was very clear that this was an opportunity that was there for Kieran.
“But obviously we didn’t want the player to go and it was my job to convince him to stay.
“You have to be transparent with players in a situation like that so I just said: ‘Listen, we could have a great cycle here.
“‘I really want to develop you and make you a better player’.
“I think very quickly he enjoyed the training, he enjoyed the work and he enjoyed the culture we were trying to create.
“Thankfully he decided he was going to commit to another deal which was absolutely great news for us all.
“He was a big talent and we wanted to hang on to our best talents.
“So he stayed and gave everything to Celtic, increased his market value and then ended up moving for the price that he did.”
Tierney started Arsenal’s Europa League tie away to Portuguese club Vitoria last night, which might indicate he won’t start at the King Power Stadium at the weekend.
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