Yesterday’s announcement that Brendan Rodgers will become the new manager of Celtic has been met with sheer delight amongst the Celtic support. The ex-Liverpool manager, renowned for his attacking brand of football, arrives at Paradise with an air of excitement and expectation.
Brendan Rodgers’, the 2014 LMA Manager of the Year, appointment is a statement from Celtic Football Club. The lack of European football in recent years; an apparent over-influential boardroom; and a (at times) mystifying transfer policy, has led to the most disenganged Celtic support over the last two years in my memory. The appointment of Celtic’s new boss was one the club had to get right.
When Dermot Desmond decides to flex his muscles at Celtic Park he usually gets what he wants; early rumours that Roy Keane was top of the list of potential candidates was greeted with sceptacism and frustration from the majority of Celtic supporters. This reaction will not have gone unnoticed with the powers that be at Celtic, and the decision was made to ensure that the outstanding candidate would be in the dugout come the start of the new season.
Brendan’s appointment has stolen the limelight in Scotland (is there a cup final on soon?), but also made headlines across Britain, not long since linked with the managers role at Chelsea, Rodgers is seen is seen as a real coup for Celtic. Brendan may feel his reputation is in need of some rebuilding following a difficult final spell at Liverpool, however, one unfortunate slip away from (probably) becoming champions of England , his ability and potential as a manager is there for all to see.
Famed for his intricate coaching and man management skills Brendan arrives with glowing references from some of the games biggest global stars; Luis Suarez crediting him for his current success at Barcelona.
A united and energised squad, playing football the Celtic way, with high-pressing, attacking football is something we all crave, and now there is a real sense of optimism that we have the man at the helm to produce this.
Nothing in life can guarentee success, but the importance of restoring an engaged and excited Celtic fanbase cannot be undermined, and with Rodgers’ arrival we have seen a buzz return to Paradise that could play a significant role in the coming months, none more so than the Champions League qualifiers.
I, for one, am delighted.
Welcome to Paradise, Brendan.