Houghton suggests creating history was a key reason behind Rodgers joining Celtic

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Brendan Rodgers has become Celtic’s new manager.

Former player Ray Houghton believes having the opportunity to be a big part in Celtic’s history was a key reason for Brendan Rodgers taking over Ronny Deila at Celtic Park, the Daily Record reports.

The Hoops pulled off a major coup and one of the biggest in recent Scottish history as they recently announced the appointment of former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as their new manager.

Many have suggested that Rodgers is taking a step down by moving north of the border, yet Houghton suggests the opportunity of creating history in Glasgow was a major pull for the talented coach.

“He has really bought into the Celtic way, he knows the history of the club and what it means to the fans. He’ll be desperate to be a success there because he will know exactly what that means in terms of your standing in the club’s history,” Houghton told the Daily Record.

“I’m sure that will have been on his mind when he accepted the role but it’s also a positive career move for Brendan.”

Celtic have won the last five successive Scottish Premiership titles, and another five on the spin will create a new record as no team has ever won more than none straight Scottish league titles.

Rodgers will know that the return of Rangers will be a challenge to overcome, yet he takes over a Celtic side boasting a decent squad full of internationals and the hunger is there to succeed.

The Hoops will target a better run in Europe under Rodgers’ guidance, and with his experience and preference of quick, possession-based football, the club will now stand a better of chance of progress.

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