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Brendan Rodgers is back in football...as the new Celtic manager

The Northern Irishman was sacked by Liverpool last October.

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BRENDAN RODGERS HAS been confirmed as the new Glasgow Celtic manager.

The 43-year-old has been out of football since being sacked by Liverpool last October and will take over from Norwegian Ronny Deila, who led the club to a second-successive league title this season.

“This is genuinely a huge honour for me”, Rodgers has 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.

My objective now, of course, is to continue this work, to keep us at the top and again make our mark in Europe.

Rodgers emerged as the front-runner for the job earlier this week when the club’s majority shareholder, Dermot Desmond, referred to the Northern Irishman as a ‘great manager’.

“He’s proved it at Liverpool and I think he’s a worthy candidate for Celtic”, Desmond added.

There were a number of other managers linked with the job, including Roy Keane, but securing Rodgers is certainly a coup for the Glasgow giants.

Under Deila, the club won domestic trophies but frustrated and disappointed in European competition.

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Rodgers, who was named as the LMA Manager of the Year in 2014 after very nearly guiding Liverpool to their first top-flight triumph since 1990, was surely seduced by the prospect of Champions League football and has plenty of European experience.

Celtic has qualified for the group-stage of Europe’s elite tournament in 2013.

Prior to taking over at Anfield, Rodgers impressed when in charge of Swansea and Watford.

He also had a less-successful stint at Reading. 

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