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Brendan Rodgers ready to return to management but coy on Celtic link

Published 02/05/2016

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with his Fiance Charlotte Hind, after taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2016 (for the Northern Ireland Hospice, on Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with his Fiance Charlotte Hind, after taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2016 (for the Northern Ireland Hospice, on Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)
Brendan Rodgers with Mark Glendinning and son Reece

Brendan Rodgers has described the Celtic managerial vacancy as an opportunity for someone to go to one of the world's iconic clubs after declaring himself ready to return to management.

The former Liverpool manager has been listed among the bookmakers' favourites for the task of succeeding Ronny Deila when the Norwegian steps down at the end of the season.

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers takes part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2016 (for the Northern Ireland Hospice, on Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers takes part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2016 (for the Northern Ireland Hospice, on Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)

When the prospect of taking over at Parkhead was put to him, the Northern Irishman told Sky Sports News HQ: "Well, it's an incredible club, a club that family and everyone support.

"Obviously the league isn't so competitive but Celtic are one of the great iconic clubs in the world, a huge club.

"I think Ronny has done a great job there, it looks like they will go on and win the title so that is two titles in a row.

"So I'll be sad to see him go but there is an opportunity for somebody there to go to a great club."

When asked directly if he could be the man, Rodgers said: "At this moment of time I'm just enjoying my time off and I'll wait and see what offers come in and, at this moment, there is nothing concrete.

"I'm just really enjoying the rest. I have had no concrete offers but certainly in the summer I want to get back to work again.

"I've had a great break, enjoyed it and I'll be refreshed and ready for the summer."

Celtic will officially clinch the title if they get a point at home to Aberdeen on Saturday, although their nine-point and 35-goal advantage over the Dons ensured the celebrations already took place following their win against Hearts on Saturday.

The 2016 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon makes its way along Oxford Street. Mark Glendinning, Brendan Rodgers and Oisin McConville running for the Northern Ireland Hospice. Photo: Darren Kidd / Press Eye
The 2016 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon makes its way along Oxford Street. Mark Glendinning, Brendan Rodgers and Oisin McConville running for the Northern Ireland Hospice. Photo: Darren Kidd / Press Eye

That will see Scott Brown drop out of the team, and Scotland's friendlies against Italy and France, to rest his tight hamstrings, which he revealed had been restricting his movement in recent weeks.

Brown told the club's official website: "I love every minute of going out and winning titles and it means so much to everyone here to win leagues and play for Celtic in front of the fans.

"There have been times where the team has not performed as well as we'd like, and there have been times where I personally have not performed as well as I'd like but that's part and parcel of football.

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers takes part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2016 (for the Northern Ireland Hospice, on Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers takes part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2016 (for the Northern Ireland Hospice, on Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)

"There have been a lot of injuries and people playing through the pain barrier for the club and I think some fans maybe don't understand that. People only see who turns up on the park and they don't see the day to day.

"The last six or seven games now it has been hard for me but you deal with it - that's football. People get injuries but you come through them and hopefully you can just keep playing as long as you possibly can.

"I think most of the lads would do that. Any of the lads would play through the pain barrier if it means them getting 90 minutes on the park, winning the title or being involved in title-winning games.

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with his fiance Charlotte Hind, after taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2016 (for the Northern Ireland Hospice, on Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with his fiance Charlotte Hind, after taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 2016 (for the Northern Ireland Hospice, on Bank Holiday Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)

"Getting five-in-a-row is exceptional for us. We just have to focus on the sixth one and the seventh one now and we know we're good enough to get it."

Meanwhile, Celtic have announced the "biggest ever shirt sponsorship deal in Scottish football history" after Dafabet was named the club's new main sponsor in a four-year contract.

The firm will replace Magners on the front of the Celtic strip next season, with the cider brand moving to the back of the jersey.

Chief executive Peter Lawwell said: "Celtic continues to be one of the world's great football clubs and one which is delighted to attract such high-calibre associations.

"Partnerships such as the one we announce today allow us to look forward with confidence as we ensure Celtic maintains its position as the biggest and best in Scottish football."

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