FOOTBALL: Brendan Rodgers is ‘best man’ for Celtic job

Brendan Rodgers has taken over as boss of SPFL giants Celtic. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Brendan Rodgers has taken over as boss of SPFL giants Celtic. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Brendan Rodgers will have had a good understanding of the ‘pressure cooker’ environment that comes with the Celtic manager’s job, according a Larne-based Hoops fan.

Carnlough’s most famous son was announced as boss of the Scottish champions on Monday and the 43-year-old was greeted by thousands of fans at Celtic Park as he was officially unveiled.

“Out of the contenders, I think Rodgers was the best man for the job. He has been a fan of the club since childhood so he understands the demands of the job and the pressure cooker that he will be working in now in Glasgow,” said local fan and Times’ football correspondent, Paul Campbell.

“I hope he will stick with his attacking style of play which was not how Ronny Deila played it. He also appears to be a good communicator and man manager going by the comments from players at his previous clubs.

“How successful he will be I think depends very much on what money he is given to spend as I feel the current squad will struggle to qualify for the Champions League.

“His appointment has given the club a boost and all the supporters are looking forward to the new season.”

Rodgers comes into his new role rested an ready to go having been out of management since being sacked by Liverpool last October.

The former Swansea supremo was reported to be in talks with the Glasgow giants late last week as the club homed in on a replacement for Norwegian Deila.

And Rodgers, a Celtic fan as a boy, told a packed Press conference he was relishing the prospect of taking charge .

“People would maybe talk about the level but Celtic is one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he said.

“And for me to come out of the Premier League and come here is certainly not a step down.

“This is one of the great clubs of the world, an institution, so for me to come here is a huge honour and a privilege.”

Rodgers has been appointed on a 12-month rolling contract and the big task ahead of him is reviving Celtic’s European fortunes and consolidating the club’s position as Scottish champions.

Add into the mix the return of Rangers to the top-flight and it’s clear that Rodgers and the Parkhead faithful are in for a very exciting year.