Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers summoned to court

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Connla Young

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was summonsed to appear in court earlier this year for non payment of his council tax.

Mr Rodgers, who is originally from Carnlough in Co Antrim, was in Belfast this week as his team prepared to play Irish League champions Linfield at Windsor Park yesterday.

The Celtic manager made history last year when he led the Glasgow club to a unique treble which included going undefeated in the league all year.

It has now emerged that he was summonsed to appear at Lancashire Magistrates Court in May over allegations that he failed to pay council tax on a property he is liable for.

It is understood the allegations centre on a property in Blackburn.

The case was brought to court by Blackburn with Derwin Borough Council.

A spokesman for the council said: "Whilst we cannot comment on individual cases, we do take any non-payment of Council Tax seriously.

The spokesman said “continued non-payment would result in a summons being issued, after which the council will seek a liability order from the magistrates court which will allow further enforcement action to be taken.

“At all points in the recovery process the customer is encouraged to contact us if they are experiencing difficulty in making payments, with the aim of maximising their income/benefits and setting up an affordable repayment plan with minimum amount of costs."

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Magistrates Court said she was unable to confirm details of the outcome of the case.

Celtic did not respond to a request for a comment.

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