Celtic have announced the signing of Brendan Rodgers as the new manager of the Scottish Premiership champions. The former Liverpool manager has signed a 12-month rolling contract with the club as he takes over from Norwegian Ronny Deila.
Speaking to 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.”
Rodgers, who comes from a Celtic-supporting family, previously managed Liverpool, Swansea City, Reading and Watford. The Welshman left Liverpool in October last year and took some time out of the game before deciding on his future this summer.
The 43-year-old held talks with majority shareholder Dermot Desmond earlier this week in Ireland and has now agreed to succeed Norwegian Ronny Deila who left the club after lifting his second league title in a row – and Celtic’s fifth in succession.
Celtic Chairman Ian Bankier added: “We are delighted to welcome Brendan to Celtic as the Club’s new manager.
“As expected, there was huge interest in the position of Celtic manager but we believe we have chosen the outstanding candidate to take the Club forward.
“Brendan is a man with a tremendous pedigree in football management, he is someone who knows all about Celtic and someone who has a real passion for Celtic. He is also a manager who we believe has the talent, the drive and the determination to bring continued success to the Club.
“We are sure Brendan will receive a fantastic welcome from our supporters and we now look forward with real excitement towards next season as we tackle the many challenges ahead domestically and in Europe.”
Following poor performances in the domestic cups and more importantly in Europe in recent years, Celtic’s board were under pressure to hire a top name to help lead the club back into the group stages of the Champions League – they have duly delivered with the appointment of Rodgers and it is a statement of intent from the under fire hierarchy.
The question now is how much will the board hand Rodgers to strengthen the squad ahead of the Champions League qualifier?
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell added: “Brendan is a highly-sought 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 at Celtic. Above all, he will bring huge experience, knowledge and ability to the role.
“We wanted to bring one of the biggest and best names to the Club to match our own aspirations and those of our supporters – we believe, in appointing Brendan, that we have done this. We have appointed a special manager and we are sure he can bring some special times to Celtic.”
Rodgers will be officially unveiled to the press on Monday before meeting the fans outside the stadium at 6pm.
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