Arsenal to be made to wait for Rodgers, with Hartson expecting one more year at Celtic

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A man who played for both the Bhoys and Gunners understands interest in a highly-rated coach, but he is not expecting a summer move to be made

Arsenal’s interest in Brendan Rodgers is understandable, says John Hartson, but the Northern Irishman is expected to spend at least one more year at Celtic.

With questions continuing to be asked of Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium, attention has turned to potential successors.

Rodgers is among those to have been mentioned, with his past Premier League experience at Swansea and Liverpool working in his favour.

He has also enjoyed a productive stint in Scotland, collecting numerous trophies and breaking records, with Hartson not surprised to see admiring glances being shot in the direction of Parkhead.

The ex-Celtic and Arsenal striker is, however, not expecting a trade between two of his former clubs to take place this summer, telling the Sunday Post: “Brendan is a man in demand, and rightly so.

“He worked in England for five or six years and had success at Swansea and Liverpool.

“He then came up to Scotland and has delivered unbelievable glory in his 20 months at Celtic.

“That has put him in the limelight, and he has been linked with a number of jobs

“When you see a club such as Arsenal being linked with him, then I can see where they are coming from.

“That said, I worked for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, and I have total respect and admiration for the man.

“I’m not comfortable about his potential replacements being spoken about when he is still in the job.

Brendan Rodgers to Arsenal John Hartson

“However, whether they eventually see Brendan, or anyone else, as their next manager – and whether that be this summer or two years from now – then Arsenal would be able to offer a salary in excess of £8m a year.

“There would also be a transfer budget of more than £150m. That is bound to be attractive to many, many people.

“But we are dealing with speculation here. Only Brendan knows what he’d like to do this summer, and beyond.

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“My feeling is that he will stay at Celtic for at least one more year. I think he will want to stay to try to achieve eight titles on the trot.

“He will maybe then review his position. But he also has a long-term contract with Celtic, and I don’t imagine he will be in any rush to leave. Only time will tell.”

Rodgers is currently contracted to Celtic until the summer of 2021, having committed to fresh terms in April 2017.

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