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Brendan Ratsnake; A new species of football boss was born this week.

Byline: obsessed ADAM MILLER'S

Fake snake Rodgers has been compared to Mo Johnson as a Judas to Celts support Scottish Football's week in patter brought to you by the man behind @oldfirmfacts1 WHEN you join a new club the least you would hope for is you're thought of as fondly when you depart as when you arrived.

You'll have highs and lows no doubt but if you conduct yourself in a professional and endearing manner while achieving a reasonable amount of success you'll be welcomed through the club's doors with a smile for the rest of your life.

Some go that bit further.

Imagine how pleased you would be upon signing for a club to know one day you would be talked about in the same breath as someone who scored 52 league goals in just 99 games.

Well just imagine how delighted Brendan Rodgers must have felt on Tuesday as he walked out of Celtic Park as manager for the last time and was immediately compared to Mo Johnston.

When Rodgers sits down one day to write his autobiography (the proper one, not 2017's official Celtic product "Brendan Rodgers - The Road to Paradise"), this episode will be among the hardest passages to write.

With the possible exception of his extensive guide to Leicester's top teeth-whitening establishments of course.

Prior to this week any mention of Rodgers on social media that was anything other than deferential was pounced upon by Celtic fans who wouldn't stand for anything other than blanket praise for the man they insisted was "here for 10 in a row".

As journalist Ewan Murray (@ mrewanmurray) put it, "As recently as the weekend, if you dared take the piss out of Brendan Rodgers on here people wanted you sent to The Hague. Now? Theresa May is enjoying the break".

Respected Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent famously said: "You either depart after a treble treble a hero or leave early enough to become a villain."

For Rodgers those words will have taken on an extra layer of meaning.

Dent would go on to be known as "Two Face" and in recent days numerous Celtic fans have applied that moniker to Rodgers.

How did he go from hero to sneaky two-faced zero in the space of 48 hours? Rodgers had delivered seven domestic trophies in a row, with large periods of his two-and-a-half-year reign notable for sublime attacking football.

He brought his team to within three months of an unprecedented third domestic treble in a row.

And then he left. Suddenly. For a mid-table Premier League club that has no hope of finishing in a European place and little prospect of falling into a relegation battle. A club that were apparently willing to let Rodgers see out the season at Celtic.

As disappointed as Celtic fans would have been to see Rodgers leave in the summer, the more pragmatic members of their support would have understood his desire to return to the glamorous environment of the EPL.

There is a very real chance Rodgers would have vacated his post with that landmark treble treble in the bag and a final record of nine domestic trophies from a possible nine.

Had he left on those terms Rodgers would have been welcomed back at Celtic Park with open arms until his dying day. Instead,he left with 11 ague games remaining. "The timing absolutely stinks., said s Sutton, echoing the thoughts of swathes of the club's support.

d lea "T Chris large s Time is going evidenc TRAD MEDIO A FRAU Ultim wanted a sour departu withou confirm Given of love f his exit Anyo of feelin is a great healer but a lot of time g to have to pass for the sentiment ced by Wednesday night's "YOU ED IMMORTALITY FOR OCRITY. NEVER A CELT. ALWAYS UD" banner to evaporate. mately, it's not the fact Rodgers d to manage another club that's left taste but the manner of his ure. Leaving on the brink of history ut, as coach John Kennedy med, saying goodbye to his players. n Rodgers's frequent declarations for the club the circumstances of felt shoddy at best.

ne still uncertain as to the depth ng regarding his decision should note Twitter's top trends in Glasgow on Tuesday night were "Moussa", "Lenny", "John Kennedy" and "Judas".

Maybe Rodgers just felt he couldn't wait a minute longer for a new challenge.

Maybe he then saw that Leicester fan holding up a sign reading "WELCOME TO LEICESTER BRENDAN. No pressure but a top finish next season is all that's required. Foxes never quit."

If those words weren't intimidating enough they were accompanied by a clipart picture of a fox. Out of the frying pan, into the Tupperware lunch box.

The man who won every domestic trophy on honour and masterminded the legendary invincible season? That could have been Brendan Rodgers's legacy.

Instead he'll be remembered as the man who simultaneously became a fox and a snake.

THE 5 STAGES OF BRENDAN RODGERS GRIEF 1. Denial: "Rodgers won't leave not until 10iar, why would he want to leave now? Everyone panicking calm doon." - @StaceyDevlinxxx 2. Denial: "Thinking that Rodgers would leave at this stage of the season, to take over as manager of Leicester, should be enough to get you sectioned." - @Gastro_Celtic 3. Denial: "It's only the SMSM that are talking about B Rodgers leaving, they are doing so to cause Celtic fans to fret & worry." - @Johnpow30063824 4. Denial: "There isn't a chance Rodgers will leave at this point in the season. Not after all the s***e spouted in the press and from them. At the end of the season may be different but there isn't a chance he would walk now. For Leicester? Gies peace." - @dcrilly83 5. Acceptance: "F**k Brendan Rodgers. Snake of a man." - @danielb1888
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