Brendan Rodgers claims he has admired Scott Brown from a distance for years

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

Celtic have appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new manager.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told the club's official website that he has admired midfielder Scott Brown for many years.

Rodgers, 43, was unveiled as the Bhoys' new manager on Monday evening, and was paraded at Celtic Park in front of excited Celtic supporters.

The Northern Irishman is seen as a huge appointment for Celtic given his Premier League experience with Liverpool, and this is his first managerial job since leaving Anfield in October.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

Rodgers, a boyhood Celtic, is now charged with the task of keeping Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership, with renewed challenges from Aberdeen, Hearts and newly-promoted Rangers to come next season.

Speaking today at his introductory press conference, Rodgers discussed the squad at his disposal, and was asked just how much he needs to change the squad in order to succeed in the Champions League - and he picked out one current player he can't wait to work with.

Celtic's Scott Brown speaks to referee Bobby Madden

Rodgers, as quoted by the club's official website, suggested that whilst there are many talented players in the Celtic squad, it's midfielder Scott Brown who has caught his eye.

The Bhoys captain, 30, has been a mainstay of the Celtic team since joining from Hibernian in 2007, and his tenacity has been key to the Bhoys midfield for almost ten years now.

Today, the Scotland international received some huge praise, as his new manager Rodgers picked him out as the Celtic player he's been admiring from a distance for many years now, and simply can't wait to meet him.

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy and team mates after the game

"What I can say is there are a lot of talented players and I’m really looking forward to meeting the captain," said Rodgers. "Scott Brown is someone I’ve admired from a distance for a number of years and his drive and determination and quality is going to be important for me and the team," he added.

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