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Published: 18:10 | 20/5/16

Rodgers named Celtic boss

Succeeds Ronny Deila in Glasgow

Brendan Rodgers has been appointed as the new manager of Scottish champions Celtic.

The former Liverpool boss has agreed a 12-month rolling contract and will succeed Ronny Deila at Parkhead.

"Celtic Football Club is delighted today to announce Brendan Rodgers as the new Celtic manager. Brendan has agreed a 12-month rolling contract with the Club," a statement from the club read.

Rodgers has been linked with a number of jobs since being sacked by Liverpool in October and has made no secret of his desire to return to management.

"I am absolutely delighted to be named Celtic manager. This is genuinely a huge honour for me," Rodgers said. "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 will give my new role everything I have and do all I can to bring our supporters exciting, entertaining and winning football.

Under the Northern Irishman, the Reds challenged for the Premier League during the 2013-14 season, only for their hopes to slip away in the final games of the campaign.

While Celtic have won the Scottish title for five successive years they have struggled in Europe and Rodgers will be hoping to reverse that trend beginning with the Champions League second qualifying round in July.

"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," he added.

"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."

Celtic Chairman Ian Bankier commented: "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.

"Brendan is a man with a tremendous pedigree in football management, he is someone who knows all about Celtic and someone who has a real passion for Celtic. He is also a manager who we believe has the talent, the drive and the determination to bring continued success to the Club.

"We are sure Brendan will receive a fantastic welcome from our supporters and we now look forward with real excitement towards next season as we tackle the many challenges ahead domestically and in Europe."

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell added: "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.

"He has a huge and genuine affection for the Club. 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."

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