Tom Boyd speaks on Brendan Rodgers

Celtic Parkhead

The Northern Irishman signed a 12-month rolling deal with Celtic this week.

Speaking to the club's official website, Celtic legend Tom Boyd has heralded the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, whom he claims joined the Hoops to be part of the "Celtic family".

The former Liverpool boss signed a 12-month rolling contract with the Parkhead club earlier this week for what is a huge statement of intent by the Bhoys.

Two years ago, the Northern Irishman and boyhood Celtic fan came within a point of being a Premier League-winning manager, and Boyd says it's an "absolutely superb appointment".

The 43-year-old had been linked with a number of jobs since being sacked by the Reds in October, with The Express reporting in March that Swansea City were keen to have him back, but Boyd says that the sense of unity at Paradise "swayed it for him".

“It’s an absolutely superb appointment from Celtic to get someone of the calibre of Brendan Rodgers,” he said to the club's official website.

“Being part of the Celtic Family certainly swayed it for him – he’s mentioned before that he is a Celtic supporter and it’s a dream come true, so hopefully he’ll have many more dreams at Celtic."

 

Failing to win the Scottish Premiership simply isn't an option for Rodgers, though. Not only will he be asked to deliver league titles every season, but the Glasgow giants must also make inroads in the Champions League under his tenure.

Rodgers's successor Ronny Deila won two Premiership crowns but it was arguably the lack of progress on the European stage which saw him fail to earn a contract extension.

Under the Norwegian, Celtic never reached the Champions League group stages, and finished bottom of their Europa League group in the first half of the campaign.

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