Brendan Rodgers rules himself out from Aston Villa job

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated that he is content with the Scottish champions amid the recent speculation linking him with the Aston Villa job. The former Liverpool boss has been recently tipped to head to Villa Park after Steve Bruce was axed from the head coach position following a run of nine winless matches in the Championship.

Speaking to reporters, Rodgers indicated that the Villains are a top team who should be plying their trade in the Premier League but he does not have any plans of parting ways with the Hoops for the moment, he said: “I’m the Celtic manager and I love it and have lots of challenges here. There is always speculation around lots of names.

“Villa is a top Premier League club in the Championship and I’m sure with their support base and resources they will try and get back there as quickly as they can. Since I have been at Celtic I have had a few offers. So [China] is no different to any of the others. My focus is very much on Celtic, trying to help us rise to the challenge of this season.”

Rodgers had been earmarked as one of the main contenders for the vacancy at Villa Park but it appears that won’t be the case anymore after ruling himself from the position. As such, the west Midlands outfit may shift their attention towards recruiting Thierry Henry, who was initially on their radar when the change of ownership occurred during the summer.

Back then, the Arsenal legend was said to have held negotiations with majority stakeholders Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens but in a strange of change of events, the club decided to stick with Bruce, who had guided the club to the Championship playoff final last season. Villa are currently languishing 15th on the table with a four-point gap to the top six.