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Ronny Deila says Brendan Rodgers will bring best out of Celtic's young stars

Rodgers' predecessor believes the Northern Irishman is perfectly placed to help Celtic's young contingent reach even greater heights.

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Scottish Sun that his successor Brendan Rodgers is the perfect man to bring the best out of the club's talented group of youngsters next season.

Rodgers was announced as Deila's replacement earlier this week after seven months out of football following his sacking as Liverpool boss last October.

The Northern Irishman began his coaching career as an academy staff member at Reading before becoming a leading youth coach at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

In his time as a manager, Rodgers has helped oversee the development of players such as Joe Allen at Swansea City, and current leading Premier League stars such as Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling at Liverpool.

Celtic themselves have a strong youth core, with Kieran Tierney becoming recognised as one of the best teenage left-backs in Europe and winger Patrick Roberts flourishing since his January move up north.

Deila believes that those young prodigies will become even bigger stars next season under Rodgers' watchful eye because of his nurturing style of management.

The Norwegian told the Scottish Sun: "The club has to look to young players now. That is what Celtic is about — developing talent. Brendan showed at Swansea and Liverpool, and in his other jobs, that he is very good at doing that. There is a lot of talent at Celtic and there needs to be a culture of improvement in every area of the club.

"I know that Brendan thinks in the same way. He is very good at shaping younger players and improving them. There is a lot of potential in the Celtic team and I believe Brendan will get the very best out of them. It is a great appointment by the club."

Rodgers faces a big task at Celtic as the Bhoys looks to maintain their dominance over Scottish football despite the return of arch-rivals Rangers to the top-flight after a four-year absence next season.

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