Brendan Rodgers admits it’s a ‘privilege’ to be asked to return to Celtic – and promised he’s ready to keep the good times rolling at Parkhead.

The 50-year-old has signed a three-year deal to replace Ange Postecoglou after his departure for Tottenham Hotspur, a contract believed to make the highest paid manager in the club’s history. Rodgers won seven trophies during an incredibly successful first spell in Glasgow before departing for Leicester City in 2019.

But over four years on he is ‘hugely excited’ to lead Celtic into a new era. Rodgers has retained key backroom staff John Kennedy and Gavin Strachan despite Postecoglou’s desire to have them follow him to London, and he paid tribute to the club’s board for their trust and backing.

“I am really delighted to return to Celtic and I am hugely excited by this great opportunity,” said Rodgers. “When I was given the privilege of being asked to join the club again, it was a very simple decision for me and my family.

“We have enjoyed some great times at Celtic before and this will be my goal again, to deliver good football, ensure we have a team we all love to watch and ultimately bring more success to our fans.

“Ange has done some brilliant work across the last two years and I will be doing all I can to maintain Celtic’s momentum as we face into all our domestic and European challenges. 

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“We have a hugely impressive and talented group of players and staff at the club, and I am really looking forward to meeting up with them all and then getting straight down to work. 

“I wanted John to be with me as we move forward. He is a very talented coach, someone I know well and respect and he will be very important to myself and our players.

“The club is in fantastic condition at all levels and I would like to thank the board for putting their trust in me to take the team forward. We will work very closely together as we strive to bring that success to our supporters.

“Let’s get to work!”

Celtic have confirmed Rodgers will hold a first press conference at Celtic Park later this week.