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Celtic make Brendan Rodgers big money offer - and Rangers boss backs him

By Stuart McKinley

Published 20/05/2016

Record offer: Brendan Rodgers
Record offer: Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers is on the brink of becoming the highest paid manager in Scottish Football history. Celtic want Rodgers to be their new boss so much that they are tempting the Ulsterman with a bumper wage packet, worth over £1m a year, which will not only top that of any of the club's previous managers, but also outstrip the salaries handed out across Scotland in the past.

And the man who will immediately become his Old Firm rival, Rangers manager Mark Warburton, has backed Celtic's choice of Rodgers as the man to succeed Ronny Deila.

Celtic owner Dermot Desmond had said that club would appoint a new manager in next four to five days and he is understood to have sanctioned the mega deal to bring Rodgers, who could be appointed before the weekend, to Parkhead.

If he takes the job Rodgers would lose out on a whopping £10m of severance pay owed to him by Liverpool and while Celtic couldn't match his £100,000 weekly wage at Anfield, they will go well above the £1m a year that Martin O'Neill was picking up during his time with the club.

Warburton backed his former colleague by saying: "I worked with Brendan at Watford. I was academy manager and he was manager. He's a manager of the highest quality."

Desmond revealed that the club had spoken to more than half a dozen candidates for the job and of that pack Rodgers is now the man that Celtic want to lead them as they chase a sixth successive Scottish Premiership title.

All the others have a Celtic connection, with Roy Keane, David Moyes, Malky Mackay, Paul Lambert and Mick McCarthy all playing for the club during their careers, while former boss Neil Lennon, who stepped down two years ago, is also in the running.

Rodgers, however, has jumped ahead of them all to become the club’s choice for the job and after Rangers’ return to the Scottish Premiership he will be the first manager in five seasons to lead Celtic into an Old Firm league game.

Warburton, who secured promotion back to the Scottish top flight in his first season as Ibrox boss, added: “He’s worked in the Premier League and came within a slip of winning it, so there’s no doubting Brendan’s qualities.

“I like him very much as an individual, so if he is the man, he would be a great choice.”

Celtic players celebrate after winning the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match following their clash Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images
Celtic players celebrate after winning the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match following their clash Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images
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Aberdeen's Andrew Considine (left) and Celtic's Leigh Griffiths battle for the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic's Patrick Roberts (27) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.
Celtic's Patrick Roberts celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates sciring his second goal with team mates of the game during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Ash Taylor of Aberdeen and Nir Biton of Celtic in action during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko (left) and Aberdeen's Jonathan Hayes battle for the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Scott Brown of Celtic celebrates during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic's (left to right) Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie and Gary Mackay-Steven celebrate winning the league after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Scott Brown applauds supporters during the Ladbroke Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic's (left to right) Tom Rogic, Scott Brown, Charlie Mulgrew, Kris Commons, Gary Mackay-Steven and Craig Gordon celebrate winning the league after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Celtic players celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
Celtic manager Ronny Deila (left) and Scott Brown celebrate winning the league after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 8, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Celtic players celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Scott Brown of Celtic celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Scott Brown of Celtic celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Scott Brown of Celtic celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Celtic players celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 08: Celtic fans celebrate at the end of the match during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park on May 8, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Rodgers, who had been lined up by Swansea but failed to agree terms, will also be told that qualification for the Champions League group stages is a must and that will come with a hefty bonus.

His first game in charge will be a second round qualifying contest in mid-July, with Celtic having to negotiate their way through three rounds before they reach the lucrative group stages of the tournament.

Failure to secure a place among Europe’s elite over the last two seasons has cost Celtic in the region of £40m and Desmond isn’t prepared to suffer another financial hit of such high proportions.

Desmond revealed that the club had spoken to more than half a dozen candidates for the job and of that pack Rodgers is now the man that Celtic want to lead them as they chase a sixth successive Scottish Premiership title.

All the others have a Celtic connection, with Roy Keane, David Moyes, Malky Mackay, Paul Lambert and Mick McCarthy all playing for the club during their careers, while former boss Neil Lennon, who stepped down two years ago, is also in the running.

Rodgers, however, has jumped ahead of them all to become the club’s choice for the job and after Rangers’ return to the Scottish Premiership he will be the first manager in five seasons to lead Celtic into an Old Firm league game.

Warburton, who secured promotion back to the Scottish top flight in his first season as Ibrox boss, added: “He’s worked in the Premier League and came within a slip of winning it, so there’s no doubting Brendan’s qualities.

“I like him very much as an individual, so if he is the man, he would be a great choice.”

Rodgers, who had been lined up by Swansea but failed to agree terms, will also be told that qualification for the Champions League group stages is a must and that will come with a hefty bonus.

His first game in charge will be a second round qualifying contest in mid-July, with Celtic having to negotiate their way through three rounds before they reach the lucrative group stages of the tournament.

Failure to secure a place among Europe’s elite over the last two seasons has cost Celtic in the region of £40m and Desmond isn’t prepared to suffer another financial hit of such high proportions.

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