Brendan Rodgers appointed as Celtic manager

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Brendan Rodgers has been announced as the new manager of Celtic.

The Northern Irishman has been out of football since being sacked from Liverpool in October but will be returning to the game after agreeing a deal with the Scottish club.

Whilst at the Merseyside club, Rodgers came within inches of leading them to their first ever Premier League title but narrowly missed out to Manchester City.


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He could only manage a disappointing sixth last season while they also crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages.

After an unconvincing beginning to this current campaign, Rodgers was sacked following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside Derby against Everton.

Last month, Rodgers admitted that he had turned down numerous roles to tempt him to a return to the game. But the Scottish club have offered the former Swansea manager a 12-month rolling contract which has seen 43-year-old end his short spell out of football.

It certainly seems a sensible move for Rodgers with Celtic and Liverpool having a great relationship - not to mention the fact that both sets of supporters like to sing You'll Never Walk Alone.

Twitter has reacted brilliantly to the appointment:

Rodgers' comments

Upon his appointment, Rodgers had this to say: "I will give my new role everything I have and do all I can to bring our supporters exciting, entertaining and winning football," said Rodgers, per BBC Sport.

"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."

Rodgers will replace Ronny Deila after the Norwegian two-year tenure ended at the end of the season despite leading the club to two consecutive league titles.

Chief executive comments

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: "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.

"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."

Next season will see the return of the Old Firm Derby in the Premiership after Rangers were promoted.

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