Rangers' Mark Warburton claims Brendan Rodgers would be great choice for Celtic manager

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton has backed Brendan Rodgers for the Celtic job.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the Daily Record that he thinks Brendan Rodgers would be a great appointment for Celtic.

Whilst Rangers are preparing for Saturday's Scottish Cup final with Hibernian, their biggest rivals Celtic are looking to matters off the pitch ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Bhoys announced last month that, after losing to Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-finals, manager Ronny Deila won't be in charge next season, and with the final game of the season now out of the way, Celtic have fully turned their attention to landing a new manager.

A host of names have been linked with the job, but Sky Sports reported earlier this week that Brendan Rodgers is not only their first choice for the position, but has already held two rounds of talks with the Bhoys about a summer move to Glasgow.

The former Liverpool boss has been out of work since losing his job at Anfield back in October, and is widely expected to make a return to management this summer, with a move to Celtic seemingly in the pipeline.

One man well-placed to talk about Rodgers is Rangers boss Warburton, who worked as Watford's academy manager whilst Rodgers - who was essentially Warburton's boss at Vicarage Road - was in charge of the Hornets' first-team setup.

Having previously reported to Rodgers at Watford, Warburton admitted to the Daily Record that he thinks he is a manager of the highest quality, and would be a great choice for Celtic if they do make a move for the Northern Irishman this summer.

"I know Brendan, I worked with him at Watford. I was academy manager and he was manager," said Warburton. "He's very experienced, well organised, a good motivator, a good man-manager. He's a manager of the highest quality.

"He's worked in the Premier League and came within a slip of winning it, so there's no doubting Brendan's qualities. I like him very much as an individual, so if he is the man, he would be a great choice," he added.

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