John Barnes shares what Celtic fans can expect under Rodgers, discusses transfer budget

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John Barnes has praised Celtic's appointment of Brendan Rodgers.

Former Celtic manager John Barnes has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Brendan Rodgers will have no trouble with a smaller budget with the Bhoys.

Celtic confirmed on Friday evening that Rodgers, 43, was the club's new boss on a rolling 12-month contract, replacing Ronny Deila after two years in the Celtic Park hot seat.

Rodgers has been out of work since leaving Liverpool back in October, and will now be charged with the task of not only continuing Celtic's five-year run of Scottish Premiership titles, but also bringing success to the club in Europe after some Champions League nightmares under Deila.

First though, Rodgers will get to work in the summer transfer market and boost his squad, with some players no doubt keen to join the well-respected Northern Irishman in Glasgow.

One man well placed to discuss the appointment is John Barnes, who is not only a Liverpool legend, but also spent time managing Celtic between 1999 and 2000.

Barnes has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Rodgers' arrival is a 'fantastic appointment' for Celtic, and says the fans can expect to see an exciting brand of football on offer - something they didn't really get to see too many times under Deila's reign.

Barnes also added that he doesn't think Rodgers will be affected by a drop in transfer budget from Liverpool to Celtic, as he thinks he would rather develop young players than spend big in the transfer market this summer, with the likes of Kieran Tierney and Callum McGregor coming up through the ranks.

"I think it is a fantastic appointment for Celtic and I think he'll do a great job," said Barnes. "The way he plays football, the fans can expect a very exciting brand of football. They can look forward to a great spectacle because he does like to play attacking football. In terms of playing the Celtic way, they couldn't pick a better man for the job."

''I don't think the money will be a problem because Brendan likes to play young players then mould them and inspire them to great things. He doesn't necessarily need superstar players. Obviously he knows that at Celtic he's not going to be able to get the likes of Luis Suarez. But he believes in his philosophy and in how his team will play. He organises them and implements a strategy that is worth more than any individual player," he added.

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