Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes delighted Celtic have appointed Brendan Rodgers

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The Dons proved to be Celtic's nearest challengers in the Scottish Premiership title race this past season.

Derek McInnes has perhaps surprisingly insisted that he is delighted about Celtic's decision to appoint Brendan Rodgers as their new manager, The Scottish Sun reports.

McInnes' Aberdeen side have established themselves as the Hoops' biggest rivals in the Scottish Premiership title race over the past few years. 

And while the Bhoys under former boss Ronny Deila left the door open on several occasions for the Dons to swoop in and take control of the race - though they were unable to take advantage - McInnes is pleased with the quality of his replacement and believes that the Northern Irishman's arrival will benefit the league as a whole.

"This appointment is a huge statement from Celtic. To appoint a manager of such calibre shows really good ambition," he told The Scottish Sun.

"It will enhance the profile of Scottish football and give our game extra respect.

"I've met Brendan at a few LMA events. I've watched him coach, talk and present at seminars - and he was very impressive.

"Now, he is in Scotland working and that's great for everyone involved."

With Rangers also returning to the top flight, while Hearts will be looking to build on their excellent first campaign back at the highest level, the increased competition will surely enable all of the sides hoping to challenge Rodgers' team to attract a better quality of player to their own clubs as the former Liverpool boss should be able to do the same at Parkhead.

And while McInnes is confident that Rodgers' arrival will see the standards go up, he will be hoping that his side ruin the new Hoops boss' first season by going one better than they have done in the previous two campaigns. 

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