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New man in charge: Brendan Rodgers has promised Celtic fans he will deliver a team they can be proud of
New man in charge: Brendan Rodgers has promised Celtic fans he will deliver a team they can be proud of

By Andy Newport

Brendan Rodgers has vowed to bring 'exciting, entertaining and winning football' to the Celtic supporters after being named as the new Parkhead boss.

The 43-year-old's appointment on a 12-month rolling contract was announced by the Scottish Premiership champions yesterday ahead of a Monday press conference when the Northern Ireland man will speak to the media and meet the fans.

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.

Carnlough native Rodgers, whose family have a history of supporting the Hoops, told the club's official website 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 enjoy 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 in four years.

Gers boss Mark Warburton knows Rodgers from their time together at Watford and speaking yesterday, at the pre-match media conference for today's Scottish Cup final with Hibernian, said: "He's very experienced, well organised, a good motivator, a good man-manager. He's a manager of the highest quality."

Rodgers had been out of work since being sacked by Liverpool last October, with the Anfield side sitting 10th in the Premier League, after almost guiding the Reds to the title in 2014.

After working under Jose Mourinho as a coach at Chelsea, his first post in management was with Watford in 2008. He quickly moved on to Reading but only lasted six months before enjoying a more fruitful spell with Swansea, leading the Welsh outfit to the English top-flight in the summer of 2011.

It was his performance with the Swans, guiding them to an 11th-place finish, which persuaded Liverpool to hire him just 12 months later.

He had a roller-coaster spell at Anfield, but failed to lift a trophy during his spell in charge.

Now Rodgers has taken over at Celtic, with Chief Executive Peter Lawwell describing him 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.

"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.

"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."

Chairman Ian Bankier claimed Celtic had appointed "the outstanding candidate to take the club forward".

He said: "Brendan is a man with a tremendous pedigree in football management, he is someone who knows all about Celtic and someone who has a real passion for Celtic.

"He is also a manager who we believe has the talent, the drive and the determination to bring continued success to the club.

"We are sure Brendan will receive a fantastic welcome from our supporters and we now look forward with excitement towards next season as we tackle the many challenges ahead domestically and in Europe."

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