herald

Wednesday 28 September 2016

Rodgers has a Euro vision for Celtic

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers vowed to make his mark in Europe with Celtic after being named as the new Parkhead boss.

The 43-year-old's appointment on a 12-month rolling contract was announced by the Ladbrokes Premiership champions and he will meet the media and then Hoops supporters on Monday.

The former Swansea and Liverpool manager's first games will be the Champions League qualifiers in mid-July and he will look to take them to the group stages after an absence of two years under predecessor Ronny Deila.

Rodgers said that he was "delighted" and "genuinely" honoured to be named manager and outlined his objectives.

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.

"I will give my new role everything I have and do all I can to bring our supporters exciting, entertaining and winning football.

"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 (Celtic Park) with our team and our fans as we all get to work."

Rodgers will also face the challenge of old rivals Rangers as the Ibrox club will return to the top flight for the first time four years.

Gers boss Mark Warburton knows Rangers from their time together at Watford and said: "He's very experienced, well organised, a good motivator, a good man-manager. He's a manager of the highest quality."

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell described Rodgers as "a special manager."

He said: "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," he said.

"We have appointed a special manager and we are sure he can bring some special times to Celtic. 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."

Promoted articles

Entertainment News