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Rodgers: I'll make Celtic shine in Europe and foil Gers at home

By Steven Beacom

New Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has issued his intent to make the Hoops a force in Europe again and a determination to dominate the domestic scene as Rangers prepare for their return to the Scottish Premiership.

The 43-year-old from Northern Ireland declared it was a dream come true to take charge of the Glasgow giants after agreeing a 12-month rolling contract with the Parkhead outfit, revealing his desire to get down to work.

The former Liverpool manager's first aim will be to reach the Champions League group stages, which predecessor Ronny Deila failed to do in the past two seasons.

He will have an estimated £15million budget for signings to succeed in Europe and stave off the threat of Rangers with Celtic looking to win a sixth league title in a row.

"My objective is to keep us at the top (in Scotland) and again make our mark in Europe," said the Carnlough native, who was sacked by the Anfield outfit last October.

"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."

Under Norwegian Deila, many Celtic fans were frustrated by the team's style of play.

Rodgers insists his side will play attractive football.

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

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