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Rodgers makes long term Celtic commitment

Brendan Rodgers has spelled out what appears to e a long term commitment to Celtic.

A year ago fans were trying to come to terms with his return to the club with a range of reactions as he signed on a three year contract.

The vast majority of supporters realised that the Irishman was the best available candidate, some fans could never forgive him for his sharp exit in February 2019 while others questioned why he would want to return after his messy exit and the likelihood that an English or Spanish offer would probably come his way.

Compared to the Invincible 2016/17 campaign the season just finished was a very bumpy ride.

Transfers never worked out, questions were asked about recruitment, the defence of the League Cup ended at the first stage with the Champions League ‘campaign’ decidedly underwhelming.

Despite all of that Rodgers called on his experience and know how to deliver the SPFL title and automatic Champions League entry despite there being times in February where success was looking highly unlikely.

As a bonus the Scottish Cup was added to the SPFL title with a late winner at Hampden ensuring a relatively tranquil summer for all at Celtic.

The mid-season struggles appear to have been forgotten, speaking to the Celtic View Rodgers reflected:

I had a really great time at Leicester – good people, a fantastic club, and we created history there – but Joe Hart said it, and he was right – Celtic is about a feeling and that was what we wanted coming back, from a personal perspective – me and all my family, and we’ve been able to feel that since we’ve been back.

So, for me, I’m very lucky to manage such an amazing club and I want to be here for as long as I can and bring as much success as I can.

Progress in Europe, in the Champions League was a key target for Rodgers as he discussed his reasons for returning to Celtic.

No real progress was made last season on that front, in the season ahead there is a new challenge in the shape of matches against eight different teams in the new look Champions League.

Four or five first team ready signings are required if Celtic are to be competitive in the competition but with the commitment of Rodgers the focus is on the club Executives to deliver the signings required to satisfy his ambitions.

In five weeks time Celtic kick off their defence of the SPFL title, building towards that Rodgers will be looking to have new signings on board for the three pre-season friendlies in the USA on July 21, 24 and 27.

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