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Frank McAvennie leads delighted reaction to Celtic's appointment of Brendan Rodgers

The former Liverpool manager was confirmed as Ronny Deila's replacement on Friday.

Celtic have brought their extensive search for Ronny Deila's replacement to a conclusion with the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as their new manager.

The club have been looking for a new man in the dugout ever since the Norwegian announced a few weeks ago that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.

Names such as former Bhoys midfielder Paul Lambert and ex-Hoops boss Neil Lennon had been mentioned, but Rodgers' name was the one which gradually rose to the top in recent days.

The Northern Irishman has been out of work since being dismissed by Liverpool in October, but will bring a wealth of Premier League and Championship experience with him to Parkhead.

Rodgers will face a big challenge in his first season in Glasgow as Celtic look to maintain their dominance over Scottish football despite the return of Old Firm rivals Rangers to the top flight.

Whether he will turn out to be the right appointment if of course something that will only become apparent with time, but it certainly seems as though he has the backing of many in the game.

Former Celtic striker Franck McAvennie tweeted his delight at the appointment, suggesting that the club and the manager could prove to be "a match made in heaven".

McAvennie's fellow former Hoops stars John Hartson and Mark Burchill seemed equally convinced that Rodgers is the right man for the job, with Burchill suggesting he will get the players fighting for him and the green-and-white shirt.

Meanwhile, former pros Stan Collymore and John Aldridge also expressed their positivity at the decision, and Collymore suggested that the experience of managing a top club such as Liverpool will stand Rodgers in good stead for the task at hand at Parkhead.

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