Celtic has appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new manager. The former Liverpool, Swansea City, Reading and Watford boss has signed a 12-month rolling contract to replace Ronny Deila, who departed the Scottish champions at the end of the season.
Rodgers, 43, left Anfield in October after more than three years in charge. “I will give everything I have and do all I can to bring our supporters exciting, entertaining and winning football,” said Rodgers.
“The club has been in magnificent shape in recent years and has collected silverware regularly during this time.
“My objective now, of course, is to continue this work, to keep us at the top and again make our mark in Europe.” Deila’s two-year tenure ended with Sunday’s 7-0 win over Motherwell. Under the Norwegian, the club won consecutive Premiership titles, taking their run of top-flight crowns to five, with the previous three won under Neil Lennon.
However, they have not reached the group stages of the Champions League since Lennon’s time in charge. Rodgers moved into management with Watford and subsequently had a spell in charge of Reading before leading Swansea City to promotion to the Premier League.
A switch to Liverpool followed and Rodgers came close to the title in 2013-2014, finishing two points behind Manchester City.
However, he left Anfield without picking up a trophy, making way for Jurgen Klopp. Speaking to the BBC earlier this week, Celtic’s largest individual shareholder Dermot Desmond said the club had interviewed “in excess of six” candidates, describing Northern Irishman Rodgers as “a great manager”.
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “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.
“I know Brendan feels privileged to be named Celtic manager and I know he will give us everything he has to be successful at Celtic.
Above all, 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.” Rodgers will come up against Rangers manager Mark Warburton next season, with the two men having worked together on the coaching staff at Watford.
“He’s very experienced, well organised, a good motivator, a good man-manager,” said Warburton this week. “He’s a manager of the highest quality.”