Celtic have today confirmed that former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will replace Ronny Deila as the club’s manager.
The 43 year old ex-Swansea boss has been out of work since being sacked by Liverpool last October, and having been linked with a number of vacant Premier League jobs since, he has finally made the return to management.
BREAKING NEWS: Celtic FC is delighted to announce that it has appointed Brendan Rodgers as the Club’s new manager. pic.twitter.com/u2s2FwgChm
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) May 20, 2016
Rodgers has packed a lot into eight years of management, winning promotion to the Premier League with Swansea in 2011 before his move to Anfield one year later. He came within touching distance of making himself a Liverpool hero when his side’s tremendous form in the second half of the 2013/14 very nearly land them the league title for the first time since 1990.
Liverpool were unable to recover from the loss of Luis Suárez and a poor start to the season just gone saw his contract terminated in October, wherein he was replaced by Jürgen Klopp.
In a statement on Celtic’s official statement, chairman Ian Bankier expressed is delight at having Rodgers on board, saying:
“We are delighted to welcome Brendan to Celtic as the Club’s new manager.
“As expected, there was huge interest in the position of Celtic manager but we believe we have chosen the outstanding candidate to take the Club forward.”
Chief executive Peter Lawwell is pleased that the club has been able to attract a manager of Rodgers’ calibre, fighting off competition from south of the border to land their preferred target:
“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.
“We have appointed a special manager and we are sure he can bring some special times to Celtic.”
Rodgers himself also gave a statement, in which expressed his happiness at joining a club he has always held in high regard, as well as looking forward to the new season and taking on the challenges that comes with the territory at a club if this stature:
“I am absolutely delighted to be named Celtic manager. This is genuinely a huge honour for me. 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 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.
“I can’t wait to be in Paradise with our team and our fans as we all get to work.”
Rodgers will be officially unveiled by Celtic on Monday afternoon, and his first taste of competitive action is set to come in the form of Champions League qualifiers in July.