Former Celtic ace raves about Brendan Rodgers, says he'd be fantastic appointment

Could Brendan Rodgers become the next Celtic manager?

Former Celtic defender Darren O'Dea has backed Brendan Rodgers to be a success at the club if he is appointed.

Celtic are looking for a new manager after current boss Ronny Deila announced his intention to step down at the end of the season, in a statement to the club website.

O'Dea worked with Rodgers at English Championship side Reading, and believes Celtic would be making a wise decision to move for the Northern Irishman.

He told The BBC: "As a coach he's meticulous. The way training is run, everything is with a purpose. There's an explanation to everything. He was just fantastic on the training pitch.

"As a guy he was second to none, a lovely, lovely guy. He's not a disciplinarian, but he's certainly got a big enough character. He's gone on and managed a massive club in Liverpool which would be similar to Celtic in terms of the scrutiny he'd be under.

"I would say Brendan Rodgers would be a fantastic appointment for Celtic. I think he ticks a lot of the boxes that Celtic need.

"He's got the character to do it and he likes to play a certain style of football that I think would also suit Celtic."

Rodgers is available after being sacked by Liverpool earlier this season, but he remains the coach who got closest to leading the Reds to the Premier League title over the past 20 years, being top with three games to go in 2013/14.

A lack of trophy success is one count against Rodgers, who is in the mix with several bookies offering odds on the next Celtic boss, but as O'Dea points out, he ticks a lot of other boxes, and a switch to Parkhead could be just what he needs to land silverware.

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