Former Anfield boss tipped for parkhead
Desmond ‘ready to bankroll Rodgers deal’
The former Liverpool coach is understood to be picking up a multi-million pound gardening leave payment from the Anfield club after being sacked last year.
He would forfeit this payment by taking on another role, but a deal may be reached with Celtic that will allow him to get back into the game with the prospect of European Champions League participation adding extra appeal.
It is understood that Celtic shareholder Dermot Desmond, who contributed to a £1m-a-year salary for former manager Martin O’Neill, is ready to bankroll a deal and that Rodgers could be in post by early next week.
Billionaire Desmond said in an interview yesterday that Rodgers was among more than six candidates to replace Ronny Deila. The others are believed to be Roy Keane, David Moyes, Malky Mackay, Paul Lambert, Mick McCarthy and former manager Neil Lennon.
When asked whether Rodgers was one of those being interviewed, Desmond replied: “I can’t tell a lie.
“He’s a great manager. He has proved it at Liverpool and he’s a worthy candidate for Celtic, as all the other candidates are.”
Deila’s failures in Europe are said to have cost Celtic more than £40m in income and the board is determined to get someone who can get the club into the lucrative group stages.
This suggests that Rodgers will also be handed a hefty transfer budget in order to bolster a squad which, despite winning a fifth Premiership title in a row, has underperformed by some measures.