Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers sparks debate among supporters after playing his son Anton in pre-season friendly

Funny business this Brendan and Anton Rodgers stuff. The sight of the boy playing for his dad’s Celtic team in a pre-season friendly seems to have caught more attention than you’d imagine.

Some punters couldn’t care less about a kickabout. Others feel it’s a gross misjudgement from the boss.

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Take Martin Coyle, Motherwell, who said: “I’m not too chuffed with this. I know Rodgers has the run of the place, but playing his boy when a youth player could have got a game seems a bit odd.”

Stephen Dunsmuir, Uddingston, added: “Bit self-indulgent, don’t you think? I don’t take my weans to work, why should Brendan?”

Terry Farringdon, Maryhill, ended: “What’s next? Do we go 3-0 up against Linfield in the first qualifier and Brendan brings on Olly Murs?”

However, Alan Jones, Edinburgh, said: “Why is anyone bothered. It’s a knockabout in a public park.”

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Thomas McQuade, Alnwick, added: “Rodgers won a Treble last season and took us back into the Champions League. If he wants to do his boy a favour, what’s the big deal? So long as he keeps delivering, he can do as he likes in my book.”

Record Sport ’s Michael Gannon got some fans hot under the collar with his column about Celtic making the right decision to knock-back tickets for the potential game against Linfield in Belfast a fortnight tonight.

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Sam Todd, Wishaw, added: “While I enjoyed Michael’s romantic piece about the ticket allocation to Celtic, perhaps he should experience Celtic Park as a visiting fan before he recommends Celtic and their fans for a Nobel Prize.”

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Terry Hutton, Dunfermline, hit back at Hotline caller Ian Carter who who said no other club could fill their stadium for a Europa League against a team of minnows from Luxembourg.

Terry said: “A few weeks ago Celtic had a 60,000 sellout for an end of season charity game played by two teams contating actors and snooker players. What other club could do that?”
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Jim McMurrin’s call in yesterday’s Hotline about Aberdeen refusing to sell Kenny McLean to Rangers stoked some passions.

Jim McClean, Rothesay, said: “Maybe if Rangers had put in the market price for McLean instead of a derisory offer they might have got him.

“They got players from my team Killie for years on the cheap and they are still at it, they are paying millions for players their fans have never heard but can’t pay a decent price for Scottish established players from Hearts, Aberdeen, etc etc.”

Kenny Miller hopes Rangers’ Euro chances don’t get lost in translation as new signings settle in David Martin sent an e-mail which read: “He is deluded if he thinks teams like Hibs and Dundee United would be together in refusing to sell players to Ibrox, yet happy to move their men to Parkhead.

“It is simple economics. Celtic paid £1.3m to Aberdeen for Jonny Hayes. The Ibrox club offered peanuts in comparison for McLean. Aberdeen aren’t part of a conspiracy, they are just a club who want to stay solvent and conduct business properly.”

Stuart Walker, Keith, said: “Had to laugh at Jim McMurrin’s bitter comment regarding Aberdeen not selling McLean to Rangers. Tell Jim I’m willing to buy his car but I’m only willing to pay a quarter of it’s valuation, is he interested?”


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