Stylian Petrov gives his opinion on Brendan Rodgers' appointment at Celtic

Stiliyan Petrov  - Celtic

Brendan Rodgers lost his first competitive match in charge at Celtic.

Stiliyan Petrov  - Celtic

Stylian Petrov has told the Glasgow Evening Times that Celtic have made a huge statement by appointment Brendan Rodgers.

The former Liverpool boss has been at Parkhead for just over a month, but he has made an inauspicious start.

Celtic lost 1-0 to part-timers Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltar in Rodgers’ first competitive match in charge in Champions League qualification.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

However, Petrov believes that Rodgers will turn things around - and prove to be a very good appointment for his former club.

"I think his appointment is a huge statement from the club. He is a top class manager and I’ve followed his career since he was at Swansea and then Liverpool,” the Aston Villa midfielder said.

"During my career at Aston Villa I played against his teams and the brand of football was always slick, entertaining and impressive.

"He is also an extremely good person and we had a few conversations during the years. I wish him the very best of luck at Celtic.”

Rodgers first mission at Celtic is to help them qualify for the Champions League, as they have not made it into the competition for the past two seasons.

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

Celtic’s qualification path looked friendly, but after their defeat to the Imps in the first leg they now appear to be in danger of facing a shock exit.

The Bhoys take on the Gibraltarian side again tomorrow, when an expectant Parkhead crowd will be hoping for a comfortable victory.

Petrov, meanwhile, is currently training with Villa as he looks to restart his professional career. 

Former Aston Villa player Stiliyan Petrov

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