Alan Brazil comments on Brendan Rodgers' European hopes with Celtic

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

The former Liverpool boss will hope to do better than predecessor Ronny Deila in Europe.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses with the Celtic shirt after the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses with the Celtic shirt

Celtic have made perhaps one of the more eye-catching managerial appointments in recent times at the club with the arrival of former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers at Paradise.

He joins the Bhoys and takes over from Ronny Deila, who amicably stepped aside at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Deila delivered domestic success during his time at Parkhead but a failure in Europe certainly cost him favour with the Celtic fans.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers after the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers greeted by fans

Speaking on his breakfast show on talkSPORT today (25/05/16) Alan Brazil, an avid Celtic fan and former Scotland international, discussed the appointment of Rodgers and the hopes for European success:

“Brendan, he’ll love it.

“Blinding. For once they’ve splashed the cash and got someone. You know, with the greatest respect to Ronny (Deila), Brendan is different class.

“I don’t know (how Rodgers will do in the Champions League). It’s not fair because as long as we (Celtic) are taking on sides with the same budget, fine. But it’s when you take on the big boys, how do Celtic compete with the likes of that?

“The classic example was v Barcelona at Parkhead when Celtic beat them. Neil (Lennon) done that so if Brendan could have a run in Europe it would be amazing.”

Celtic manager Ronny Deila gestures to their fans after the gameCeltic manager Ronny Deila gestures to their fans after the game

Celtic fans generally expect the club to do well domestically every year. Deila was expected to mop the floor with his competition as local rivals Rangers were out of the picture, but the Norwegian’s failures in Europe cost him dear.

Celtic were beaten by the likes of Molde, Malmo, Legia Warsaw and Maribor in Europe during Ronny’s reign – all sides of equal stature they would have been expected to beat.

If Rodgers is going to be considered a hit at Celtic Park – then he will need to deliver success in the European theatre.

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