Brendan Rodgers reveals he rejected summer move to China

Brendan Rodgers reacts to Celtic's 1-0 win over St Johnstone in the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup

Brendan Rodgers revealed he rejected a lucrative offer from China during the summer after watching his Celtic side book their place in the semi-final of the Betfred Cup with a 1-0 win at St Johnstone.

After securing a second successive domestic treble, the former Swansea and Liverpool manager was sought out to take over at a Chinese club but was content to stay in Glasgow.

And, following a late Leigh Griffiths strike gave the holders victory at McDiarmid Park to set up a last-four tie with Hearts - Aberdeen take on Rangers in the other semi with the games scheduled for October 27 and 28 - Rodgers insisted his head was never turned.

"Since I have been at Celtic I have had a few offers," Rodgers said. "So that [China] is no different to any of the others.

"My focus is very much on Celtic, trying to help us rise to the challenge of this season.

"What you know with China is it's an awful lot of money, big money, but I have found happiness here. I spoke to the owners of the club and the board and we find an agreement and move on.

"I have had other opportunities but I am very much here, I have this year and two more years on my contract.

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"Unless they get fed up with me or something else happens I am very privileged to be here."

Rodgers was clearly unhappy with defender Dedryck Boyata, who was shown a straight red card for dissent by referee John Beaton in the 90th minute, especially after fellow centre back Kristoffer Ajer had to come off with a hamstring injury.

"I just watched it back afterwards and it is a stupid red card," Rodgers said. "I think he has enough opportunities not to get sent off.

"It was an emotional game near the end, Dedryck feels as if he should had a free kick and didn't get it.

"In fairness to John he gives him a chance not to get the red card, it was not what we would want.

"It looked like Kris' hamstring. We are just going to have to see how long that is going to be and obviously Dedryck will miss whatever it is, the semi-final or whatever, but we have accept it and move on."

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