12-months rolling contract

Rodgers confirmed as Celtic manager

Brendan Rodgers vidFormer Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was tonight appointed new Celtic coach on a 12-month rolling contract.

The Northern Irishman, who has been out of work since leaving Anfield in October, immediately set himself the target of achieving success in Europe which eluded his predecessor Ronny Deila.

His appointment is expected to raise speculation of a spending spree and it is understood negotiations focused on increasing the transfer budget to allow the new man to make a few top level signings.

Rodgers’ managerial career included spells at Reading and Watford, but he established his reputation at Swansea City where he turned an unfashionable club into one of the Premier League’s most attractive footballing teams.

The 43-year-old spent three years at Liverpool and came close to securing the Premier League title in 2014. He left after three years without winning a trophy.

“I will give everything I have and do all I can to bring our supporters exciting, entertaining and winning football,” he said after his appointment to the Parkhead post.”My objective now, of course, is to continue this work, to keep us at the top and again make our mark in Europe.”

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “Brendan is a highly-sought after manager and we are pleased we have been able to bring such a high calibre individual to Celtic.

“I know Brendan feels privileged to be named Celtic manager and he will bring huge experience, knowledge and ability to the role.

“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.”

Deila’s two-year tenure ended with Sunday’s 7-0 win over Motherwell.

Under the Norwegian, the club won consecutive Premiership titles. However, they have not reached the group stages of the Champions League since Neil Lennon’s tenure.



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