Ian Bankier says Brendan Rodgers wanted Celtic job

The former Liverpool manager was confirmed as the next Celtic boss on Friday.

Celtic chairman Ian Bankier has told BBC Sport that they did not need to convince Brendan Rodgers to take the job, as he wanted it anyway.

Rodgers was confirmed as the new Celtic manager on Friday, replacing the departing Ronny Deila.

He has been regarded as something of a coup for Celtic, with it believed that they have fought off Premier League competition to secure his signature.

There is no denying he is a big name capture, and arguably the biggest they have made since appointing Martin O’Neill back in 2000.

Bankier though, says they did not need to convince the former Liverpool man to make the move to Scotland, as he wanted the job anyway.

“We had a long list and then we had a short list," he told BBC Sport.

"Brendan Rodgers was a very attractive candidate from the get go. We didn't have to convince him at all - he wanted.

Rodgers first task will now be ensuring that he can help Celtic to return to the Champions League this season.

The Hoops have missed out on Europe’s top competition for the last two years under Ronny Deila, with reports saying that has cost them as much as £40million.

They cannot afford to continue that run under Rodgers, and it will arguably be his main priority next season

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