Brown ex­pects Rodgers to be busy in sum­mer win­dow

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FRONT PAGE - ALISON MCCON­NELL

SCOTT BROWN, the Celtic cap­tain, be­lieves the ap­point­ment of Bren­dan Rodgers as Ronny Deila’s suc­ces­sor will be matched with a sim­i­larly am­bi­tious sign­ing pol­icy this sum­mer.

The club have failed in their last two at­tempts to ne­go­ti­ate the nec­es­sary qual­i­fy­ing rounds to get into the Cham­pi­ons League group stages, the price of which is es­ti­mated to be be­tween £35m and £40m. The sug­ges­tion is that there is a £15m trans­fer bud­get avail­able to Rodgers with play­ers al­ready linked to the club. Steven Ger­rard, who is cur­rently with the MLS, was im­me­di­ately spec­u­lated as a player on Rodgers’ hori­zon this week­end.

“It’s def­i­nitely ex­cit­ing,” Brown told celticfc.net. “The play­ers he will at­tract him­self will be huge and ev­ery­one seemed to love his coach­ing at Liver­pool and Swansea so it will be great for us to learn off him as well.

“He has done re­ally well with his pre­vi­ous clubs, al­most win­ning the league at Liver­pool, and he has Cham­pi­ons League ex­pe­ri­ence. Hope­fully he comes here and we can con­tinue to win leagues and cups and get into the Cham­pi­ons League.

“Peo­ple say we can’t af­ford the top play­ers now but we have just gone and got a top man­ager. He knows about the club which will help as he will un­der­stand what com­ing to a huge club with a big rep­u­ta­tion is all about.”

And Brown re­vealed that the dress­ing room re­ac­tion to Rodgers’s ap­point­ment mir­rored the ex­cite­ment of the club’s sup­port.

Celtic con­firmed on Fri­day evening that Rodgers had for­mally ac­cepted a man­age­rial of­fer to take over at Celtic, news that was im­me­di­ately wel­comed by the play­ers he will get to know soon enough. I was down in Lon­don when I heard and it’s great news,” said Brown. “The lads are in a group chat and we speak quite a lot and we are all de­lighted with Bren­dan com­ing in. It will be a fresh start for ev­ery­one and ev­ery­one will have to prove their worth.”

Aside from un­der­stand­ing the mag­ni­tude of the post, Brown be­lieves that Rodgers’ rep­u­ta­tion sug­gests he will

set out his Celtic teams in a man­ner that is easy on the eye.

The mid­fielder, who played the lat­ter months of the sea­son with ten­donitis, is cur­rently rest­ing on doc­tor’s or­ders so that he is fit in time for the new cam­paign, but he ex­pects Rodgers’ to stick to a phi­los­o­phy that has been tried and tested at Celtic through­out the years.

“I did come across him at Swansea when we played down there in a friendly and they were fly­ing at the time,” said Brown. “They played at­tack­ing, non-stop foot­ball which was good to watch and I’m sure the Swansea and Liver­pool fans felt that as well, and here’s hop­ing our fans will feel like that.”

“One of the rea­sons I came to Celtic was the fact there was a huge man­ager in charge who had done well down in Eng­land in Gor­don Stra­chan, and now we have another huge man­ager who had done well down south, and he will bring that en­thu­si­asm and ex­pe­ri­ence along with his style of play.

“Ev­ery­one knows that Celtic is a high­pres­sure job and all the other things comes with it, but he will know what that’s all about, hav­ing worked in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion in Liver­pool with that lo­cal ri­valry with Ever­ton, so that will be im­por­tant for him.

“I haven’t had a chance to speak to him yet but I’m sure we will chat soon, though he will be a busy man over the next few days,” said the cap­tain.

“I will just need to see how the in­jury goes and how I’m feel­ing be­fore I come back in. I don’t want to come back too early and start off with an in­jury, so I will make sure I’m 100 per cent.”

Rodgers is due to meet the Celtic sup­port­ers at 6pm on Mon­day evening, fol­low­ing his press con­fer­ence, and it would be ac­cu­rate to sug­gest the last man­age­rial ap­point­ment to be greeted with such en­thu­si­asm and pos­i­tiv­ity was Martin O’Neill some 16 years ago.

Celtic would have hearted by the num­bers of sup­port­ers who, since the an­nounce­ment was made, have en­sured that they will be there in per­son to watch how the new man is go­ing to lead the club.

“The fans will def­i­nitely get be­hind him and that has been shown by the amount of sup­port­ers buy­ing sea­son tick­ets al­ready,” said Brown.

“It will be good for them to see the gaf­fer’s style of play and how we adapt to that in the com­ing months. The Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fiers are go­ing to be huge for us and if they get be­hind us like they have got be­hind the man­ager so far then it will be an un­be­liev­able boost.”

IM­PRESSED: Brown says he en­joyed the way Rodgers’ Swansea played

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