10,000 Celtic supporters welcome Brendan Rodgers at Parkhead

Brendan Rodgers claims Celtic are one of the biggest football clubs in the world

10,000 Celtic supporters welcome Brendan Rodgers at Parkhead

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May 24th, 2016

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Celtic have a new manager well-known to Liverpool supporters, with Brendan Rodgers replacing Ronny Deila and looking forward to making his mark in Scottish football.

Rodgers has previously enjoyed managing Liverpool where he came close to landing the Premier League title and next season’s remit at Parkhead will be retaining the Scottish Premiership crown and also making progress in the Champions League.

Over 10,000 Celtic supporters flocked to Parkhead to celebrate the arrival of their new manager, with many fans regarding it as a coup to land the signature of Rodgers.

“People might say this is a step down but they don’t know this club,” Rodgers said. “I have come into a huge club here. Don’t get me wrong, I have had a number of guys who have said: ‘Don’t go. Why would you go?’ But this is Celtic and it’s different. It is a challenge, of course. It is a different market, a different budget but this can be a wonderful opportunity to come and help the players. If I can help the game in Scotland then great, but this is about helping Celtic.

“It is a different football level here but the challenge of getting to the Champions League and dominating Scottish football really excites me.

“Swansea contacted me in January when Garry Monk left,” he revealed. “But I was always clear I wanted to break out.

“When I left Liverpool, I could have been in a Premier League job the next day. On the Monday, I got a call from a club but I wanted to have time out from the intensity of managing big clubs and the pressures that come with it. It was always clear that I wanted to go back in the summer.

“With Swansea, it was a case of me telling Huw Jenkins in January that I wouldn’t be able to go back to work but in the summer I would be. We had a few conversations and a lot of it was linked to the new ownership. That new ownership isn’t ready to go through yet.

“I could have waited and maybe got another job in the Premier League, but I hope to be managing for another 20-odd years. The chance to manage Celtic might not come again, which is why I felt I wanted to talk and then be here today.”

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