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Celtic star admits loss of Rodgers was not expected

29th March 2019, 12:34 by Simon Barlow

Jeremy Toljan admits he has had to adjust since Brendan Rodgers left Celtic because of the ex-boss' role in his decision to join.

The 24-year-old German signed a six-month loan deal with the Hoops in January after falling out of favour at Borussia Dortmund but still aims to make the grade at the Bundesliga club.

"When the offer from Celtic came I changed my opinion to thinking it would make sense to go on loan and play more regularly again," Toljan told Goal. "Before that I rejected several other offers.

"I decided for Celtic consciously because the manager really wanted to have me. The talks with him convinced me, also regarding the chances to play.

"And Celtic is a big name with outstanding fans. They were still in the Europa League, so I knew I would play international football."

The departure of Rodgers midway through the campaign was hardly ideal for anyone, but Toljan, who had three different coaches in 18 months at Dortmund, admitted football often throws up such situations.

"Of course it was not to be expected that the coach would change during the second half of the season," he added. "He was very successful and did not want to change to the Premier League until the summer. But again, this is football.

"You always have to adjust to new situations, even if that is sometimes difficult. We have a good coach again.

"I still have a three-year contract in Dortmund this summer, therefore I assume I will play for Borussia again. I will then compete and try to get back into the team."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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