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Rodgers signs new deal to remain at Celtic

Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers: first title

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has signed a new deal with the Scottish Premiership champions.

Rodgers, 44, put pen to paper on a four-year deal and said he “couldn’t be happier”.

He has guided Celtic to the league title and the League Cup in his first season since succeeding Ronny Deila.

The former Liverpool, Swansea City, Reading and Watford boss signed a 12-month rolling contract last year.

“It just felt right,” said Rodgers. “I couldn’t be happier. I’m in the best place I could possibly be.”

The Parkhead side were crowned champions after a 5-0 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday and chief executive Peter Lawwell has moved swiftly to secure the manager on a long-term agreement.

“Brendan has made a huge impact at Celtic already,” said Lawwell.

“He’s an outstanding manager and we believe he is one of the best coaches in Europe, if not world football, and we’re delighted that he has committed his future to Celtic.”

Champions Celtic remain unbeaten in 38 domestic games since Rodgers’ arrival. They won the League Cup and face Rangers in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup later this month as they go in search of the treble.

With the new contract keeping him at Parkhead until 2021, a priority for Rodgers will be to make an impact on the Champions League having been knocked out in the group stages during the current campaign.

“Professionally and personally I’m in a good place,” he said. “A few years ago I might have been in a rush. But I have learnt to cherish what you have.

“It’s the beginning of the journey, but there’s a lot more to achieve.”

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