FORMER Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he had contracted the coronavirus, admitting the disease left him breathless and struggling to walk.

Rodgers, who is now in charge of English Premier League outfit Leicester City after leaving the Bhoys in February 2019, and his wife were struck down with the deadly virus shortly after football was postponed on March 13 and have since recovered.

Speaking to the BBC about the effect it had on him, the 47-year-old said: “Me and my wife had it just after (the season) broke up. 

“A week later I really started to struggle, I had no smell and no taste.

“I had no strength, and I really struggled, and my wife was the same as well. I got tested and we both had it. I could hardly walk.

“It reminded me of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, as you climb higher you get more breathless.

“Walking ten yards felt very different. I went for a run, and I just couldn’t do it. 

“I felt really weak, had no real appetite, and had a weird sensation for three weeks of having no taste.”

Rodgers is now the second Premier League manager known to have tested positive for Covid-19 after Arsenal head coach and former Rangers midfielder Mikael Arteta also contracted the disease in March.