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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Brown: Rodgers to sign big names

Brendan Rodgers. Photo: PA
Brendan Rodgers. Photo: PA

Celtic skipper Scott Brown believes the appointment of Brendan Rodgers will spark an influx of big-name players.

And Brown revealed the club's recruitment of the former Swansea and Liverpool boss has been met with unanimous delight by the rest of his team-mates.

The midfielder said: "I was down in London when I heard and it's great news. 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.

"It's definitely exciting. 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."

The Scotland skipper has first hand experience of Rodgers' style of play.

"I did come across him at Swansea when we played down there in a friendly and they were flying at the time," he said.

"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 high pressure 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."

Rodgers will have just eight weeks to get his side prepared for their Champions League assault, with their second qualifying round first leg scheduled for July 12 or 13.

But the 43-year-old has already vowed to make his mark in Europe.

He said: "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 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."

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