Man Asks For 'Bag Of Cans And Brendan Rodgers Back' During Siege

Brendan Rodgers caused a lot of controversy when he left Celtic for Leicester City at the end of February and a lot of Celtic fans weren't happy but one fan was clearly willing to forgive the former manager asking for his return in negotiations with armed police officers in a siege.

It's the ultimate scene in any cop film or television programme where a bad guy takes some hostages and tries to negotiate himself out of a situation.

We think of snipers on the roof of buildings, someone trying to sneak in unbeknown to the 'baddie,' who presumably has never watched films, and one cop with a speakerphone, walkie talkie and mobile trying to do the negotiations.

Normally we'd expect the criminal in question to ask for millions of dollars, a helicopter out of 'there', or to be found innocent of some other crime they didn't do, for those of you who've seen the Negotiator.

What you wouldn't expect is someone to ask for a football manager, a bag of cans and a job but that's exactly what happened in Paisley, near Glasgow, on Monday night.

According to the Daily Record, a 31 year old man barricaded himself in some flats, armed with a weapon, and when armed police and a negotiator arrived he shouted "I want a bag of cans, I want Brendan Rodgers back, I want a job."


Armed police were on the scene. Image: Daily Record
Armed police were on the scene. Image: Daily Record

Rodgers was Celtic manager for two and a half years after being appointed to the job in 2016 and looked to be on for his third domestic treble in a row this season.

With the Hoops having already secured the Scottish League Cup, being top of the league and still in the Scottish Cup it looked like the former Liverpool manager would be set for immortality.

Instead he swapped all that in at the end of February when he decided to move back to the Premier League with Leicester after Claude Puel's sacking.

Rodgers could have written himself into history at Celtic. Image: PA Images
Rodgers could have written himself into history at Celtic. Image: PA Images

A police spokesperson told the Record, "At 11.15 pm on Monday, March 18, officers received reports of a male causing a disturbance on Springbank Road, Paisley.

"Armed police and a negotiator were dispatched to the scene. At 00.05 a 31-year-old man was detained and taken for hospital assessment.

"No one was injured. The 31-year-old was then arrested and charged."

It's good that no one got hurt during the stand off but it's a shame it wasn't ended with Rodgers turning up with a bag of cans for the group.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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