Celtic job a ‘dream come true’ for Rodgers

For­mer Liver­pool man­ager gets the nod

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEW LIND­SAY

CELTIC pulled off a ma­jor coup last night when they an­nounced they had ap­pointed Bren­dan Rodgers, the for­mer Wat­ford, Read­ing, Swansea City and Liver­pool boss, as their new man­ager.

Rodgers, who has signed a 12-month rolling con­tract with the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons, will be un­veiled at a press con­fer­ence at Celtic Park on Mon­day af­ter­noon be­fore meet­ing sup­port­ers.

The 43-year-old has been made the best-paid man­ager in the 128-year his­tory of the Glas­gow club and is also set to be handed sig­nif­i­cant funds to buy new play­ers. He has been charged with the task of fend­ing off the chal­lenge of Rangers and re­tain­ing the Lad­brokes Pre­mier­ship next sea­son as well as qual­i­fy­ing for the Cham­pi­ons League group stages for the first time in three years.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man, who came ag­o­nis­ingly close to lead­ing Liver­pool to their first English ti­tle since 1990 in the 2013/14 sea­son, has promised fans that his side will play en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball.

In a state­ment on the of­fi­cial Celtic web­site, Rodgers said: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be named Celtic man­ager. This is genuinely a huge hon­our for me.

“I have fol­lowed Celtic all my life and to be given this fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity and to be part of such a truly great foot­ball club is a dream come true. I will give my new role ev­ery­thing I have and do all I can to bring our sup­port­ers ex­cit­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and win­ning foot­ball. The club has been in mag­nif­i­cent shape in re­cent years and has col­lected sil­ver­ware reg­u­larly dur­ing this time. My ob­jec­tive now, of course, is to con­tinue this work, to keep us at the top and again make our mark in Europe.

“I know what a mag­nif­i­cent sup­port Celtic en­joys and I can prom­ise our fans one thing – that I will be do­ing ev­ery­thing I can to give you a team that you can be proud of and a team that de­liv­ers. I can’t wait to be in Par­adise with our team and our fans as we all get to work.”

The ap­point­ment of such a high­pro­file fig­ure as Ronny Deila’s suc­ces­sor was widely wel­comed by Celtic fans who are now cer­tain to buy sea­son tick­ets in huge num­bers. The prospect of a Celtic un­der Rodgers go­ing up against a Rangers man­aged by Mark War­bur­ton is an en­tic­ing one.

Celtic chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Lawwell de­scribed Rodgers, sacked by Liver­pool in Oc­to­ber, as “a spe­cial man­ager”.

Lawwell said: “Bren­dan is a high­lysought af­ter man­ager and we are pleased that we have been able to bring such a high-cal­i­bre in­di­vid­ual to Celtic.

“He has a huge and gen­uine af­fec­tion for the club. I know Bren­dan feels priv­i­leged to be named Celtic man­ager and I know he will give us ev­ery­thing he has to be suc­cess­ful. We wanted to bring one of the big­gest and best names to the club – we be­lieve, in ap­point­ing Bren­dan, that we have done this.”

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