The wife and stepdaughter of Brendan Rodgers ‘hid’ in their house as thieves stole his Celtic medal

The wife and stepdaughter of Brendan Rodgers 'hid' in their house as thieves stole his Celtic medal

Some supporters continued to ridicule Rodgers on social media after the news emerged, while others expressed “disgust” at the raid.

He led Celtic to seven consecutive trophies and collected Premiership, Scottish Cup and League Cup winners’ medals in 2017 and 2018.

But he was subjected to vile abuse by fans after leaving the club at the end of February, with police investigating reports of supporters chanting in a pub that they hoped he died in his sleep “with a bullet from the IRA”.

Fans also raised a banner during Celtic’s recent 2-1 win over Hearts, telling the Northern Irishman: “You traded immortality for mediocrity. Never a Celt. Always a Fraud.”

Rodgers began his new job with the Premier League club at the weekend, and was not at home at the time.

News of the break-in emerged following a series of violent and sectarian incidents at Scottish matches in recent weeks, with coins, bottles and flares being thrown and seats being torn up.

Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s Justice Minister, has warned that football matches could be played behind closed doors if clubs fail to take action on sectarian and violent behaviour.

He said ministers were looking at a model used south of the border in which the Sports Ground Safety Authority has wide powers, but added that strict liability, where clubs are held responsible for the behaviour of the fans in the stadium, “remains on the table”.

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