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

Brendan Rodgers suffered abuse from Celtic fans after leaving the club

The wife and stepdaughter of the Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers “barricaded themselves in a bathroom” while their luxury home in Glasgow was ransacked by thieves.

The house was raided in the early hours of Wednesday morning, days after the former Celtic manager prompted a furious reaction from fans by agreeing to leave the club before the end of the season.

His wife Charlotte and her six-year-old daughter were not hurt but were said to have been badly shaken by the incident at their the luxury home in the Bearsden area of Glasgow.

According to Sky Sports, they were asleep when the intruders broke in and were woken by their voices. The thieves are understood to have entered the main bedroom and shone torches on the terrified mother and daughter before they took refuge in a bathroom.

Police Scotland said the force received a report of a break-in at around 1.55am on Wednesday.

The items taken during the raid are believed to include most of the medals and trophies the manager won at Celtic.

One neighbour said: "It was a massive police response and to be fair they seemed to have arrived quite quickly but the gang had already fled. Charlotte was home asleep with her daughter at the time when they broke in.

Brendan Rodgers took charge of his first Leicester City game at the weekend

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"They might have thought the house was empty or, even worse, known she was home alone. It must have been terrible for her, especially with the wee one there.”

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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