Brendan Rodgers: Celtic appoint former Liverpool boss as manager

Brendan Rodgers: Celtic appoint former Liverpool boss as manager

Brendan Rodgers: Celtic appoint former Liverpool boss as manager
Brendan Rodgers: Celtic appoint former Liverpool boss as manager

The former Liverpool, Swansea City, Reading and Watford boss has signed a 12-month rolling contract to replace Ronny Deila, who departed the Scottish champions at the end of the season.

Rodgers, 43, left Anfield in October after more than three years in charge.

“I will give everything I have and do all I can to bring our supporters exciting, entertaining and winning football,” said the Northern Irishman.

“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.”

Speaking to the BBC earlier this week, Celtic’s largest individual shareholder Dermot Desmond described Rodgers as “a great manager”, adding that the Scottish Premiership club had interviewed “in excess of six” candidates,

It also emerged that Rodgers met club representatives for several hours on Wednesday.

“Brendan is a highly-sought after manager and we are pleased we have been able to bring such a high calibre individual to Celtic,” said chief executive Peter Lawwell.

“I know Brendan feels privileged to be named Celtic manager and 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 moved into management with Watford and subsequently had a spell in charge of Reading before leading Swansea City to promotion to the Premier League.

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A switch to Liverpool followed and Rodgers came close to the title in 2013-2014, finishing two points behind Manchester City. However, he left Anfield without winning a trophy.