Brendan Rodgers under fire for calling female BBC reporter ‘good girl’

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at Celtic Park
Brendan Rodgers was speaking after Celtic's late victory at Motherwell - PA/Andrew Milligan

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is under scrutiny after he abruptly shut down questions from a female reporter before calling her “good girl”.

The former Liverpool manager cut short a post-match interview with the BBC’s Jane Lewis when she asked him to elaborate on comments made after his side’s last-gasp Scottish Premiership win at Motherwell.

Rodgers appeared irked after it took stoppage-time goals from substitutes Adam Idah and Luis Palma to stop Celtic ending the day four points behind Rangers in the title race.

“There’s a story being written about this group, but we will write our own story,” Rodgers told Lewis afterwards.

Lewis then said: “You don’t want to give us a bit more insight into what you mean by that?”, to which Rodgers retorted: “You know exactly what I mean.”

Standing her ground, Lewis replied: “I’m actually not sure I do know exactly what you mean. Can you tell us? People might be interested to know.”

Rodgers repeatedly interrupted her by saying, “No, no, no”, before Lewis added: “But you’re the one that’s bringing that up, so can you not give us some more on it?”

Abruptly cutting her off, Rodgers said: “Okay? Done. Good girl. Well done.”

Lewis and a BBC Scotland colleague laughed off the exchange, a clip of which was later posted to social media.

Rodgers’ second spell at Celtic is proving a bigger test than his first, with Rangers two points clear at the top of the table despite losing both Old Firm clashes so far this season.

The former Liverpool and Leicester City manager is not the first Parkhead boss to have a run-in with a female reporter after Gordon Strachan told one in 2009 she would not understand his side’s shock cup defeat by St Mirren.

Strachan said: “Explaining it to you is impossible. It would be like you explaining childbirth to me.”

In 2017, Sunderland faced calls to sack David Moyes for threatening to slap a female reporter at the end of an interview.

“It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there so just watch yourself,” Moyes told BBC journalist Vicki Sparks while a camera was still recording. “You still might get a slap, even though you’re a woman. Careful the next time you come in.”

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