Brendan Rodgers says Celtic MUST hire a director of football this time around after Neil Lennon's departure.

The former Hoops manager believes the club will be considering that, with ex-Huddersfield Head of Football Operations David Webb and Juventus head scout Matteo Tognozzi both among those touted for the role.

Rodgers said: "At the highest level, in particular, it's a role which is very important. I think in the modern game, it's absolutely critical to have that. Obviously the manager has to be able to bring in players he wants because he's accountable for what happens on the pitch. I'm pretty sure that's something Celtic may be looking at."

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The Northern Irishman also had his say on John Kennedy who has taken over the reins as manager on an interim boss.

"I didn't know John when I went there but when I met with him for the first time his knowledge of the game was clear to see," he said. "In my time there he was an absolutely brilliant first team coach. He's very loyal, very hard working and always very supportive.

"He knows the demands of Celtic. He's a great pair of hands just to stabilise the club."