John Collins says Brendan Rodgers would be brilliant for Celtic because of his style of football

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The former Hoops assistant manager is certain the ex-Liverpool boss would be the perfect fit at Parkhead.

Departing Celtic assistant manager John Collins has said, as quoted by ITV Sport, that Brendan Rodgers would be the perfect man to take over the reins at Parkhead because of his patient yet entertaining style of football.

Rodgers has emerged as the clear favourite with bookmakers to take over from Ronny Deila this summer after the Norwegian announced his departure last month.

The former Swansea City boss has been out of a job for seven months after being dismissed by Liverpool in October, but after the Swans chose to stick with Francesco Guidolin it seems as though a deal to bring Rodgers to Glasgow is moving ever closer.

During his time at the Welsh club, and in his first couple of years at Anfield, Rodgers developed a reputation for playing free-flowing attacking football, guiding Swansea to a first-ever promotion to the Premier League and establishing them as a too-flight club, and leading Liverpool to second in 2013-14, their highest league finish in five years.

Despite the Reds' eventual decline under the Northern Irishman, Collins believes that Rodgers' pedigree and footballing philosophy would make him a "brilliant" choice to take over at the Bhoys.

The former Celtic midfielder said, as quoted by ITV Sport: "Brendan has been linked with the job in the last couple of days and I think he would be a brilliant choice. I like him a lot.

"I enjoy watching his teams play football and I enjoy listening to him, so I think he would be a terrific choice. There are lots of others in the mix, but Brendan likes his teams to play with the ball on the ground, to build from the back and through midfield.

"He wants them to be entertaining and dominate the ball with possession, so Celtic should always strive for that type of manager."

Reports in recent days have suggested that the Scottish giants are no more than a week away from naming their new manager as they look towards one of the most important seasons in their recent history.

With arch-rivals Rangers returning to the top flight and having inflicted a wounding defeat on the Hoops in the Scottish Cup semi-final, Rodgers, if confirmed as the new boss, must ensure that Celtic reaffirm their status of the last few years as the dominant force in Scottish football.

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